Monthly Archives: April 2015

Book Review – Empathy (Emotional Chains Book 1) by Carolyn Wren

Empathy

 

Book Description:

What if you could sense the emotions of everyone around you?  What if you fell in love with someone you’d never even met?

Oliver Lord belongs to one of three special families, empaths who feel emotions as a physical sense.  Quiet and reserved, and accustomed to keeping his abilities hidden, Oliver is drawn inexorably to a woman he’s never met.  The woman who made his brother’s last year of life so happy.

When Zoe Daniels, talented sculptor, loses her fiancé before their wedding, she can’t imagine finding love again, until she meets Jasper’s unknown brother, a man so different, yet so achingly familiar to the man she adored. What is Oliver’s secret, and why is he so determined to keep her at arm’s length?

A violent kidnapping and murder forces the empaths from the shadows to seek justice for one of their own.  Oliver turns to Zoe, needing her comfort and love. Can she accept him for who he is?

Oliver and two powerful empathic friends need to track down the kidnappers before they strike again, but how do you solve a murder, when your only clue is emotion?

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/BH-4RtXcE3k

 

Book Review

Oliver Lord watched his brother walk away from him, knowing he would never see him again.  His brother Jasper was fated to die like his father. He just wanted to live the last year of his life happy and with the woman Zoe who he was in love with.   Oliver and his brother Jasper were empaths they could feel emotions as a physical sense. After his brother’s death Oliver would take glimpses into Zoe’s mind. If he looked deep enough he could find the essence of his brother.

Zoe lost her fiancé, she did not think she could ever find love again. Especially not in the woods were her and Jasper would love to spend time.

Oliver did not expect to be caught by Zoe watching him and Zoe did not expect the man she caught to have the same eyes as her fiancé.  They were instantly drawn to each other. Is it because of Jasper or something else?

An empath was kidnapped, Oliver being an empath felt him die.   Oliver turned to Zoe for comfort while searching for the kidnappers before they struck again.   Would she accept him?

The book was well written, an easy flow. The characters were entertaining and believable. It wasn’t action packed but it did not need to be because it definitely had me wanting more.  When there was action it definitely was explosive.  The romance that was between Oliver and Zoe was just as explosive.  Warning there is a cliff hanger, I am not one to be crazy about these however the book was very enjoyable that I would definitely pick up book two to find out what happens.

Tori

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review – Taken By A Dragon by Felicity Heaton

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Book Description:

Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she’s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy—she might be his fated female.

Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her—to stop her from dying.

Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?

Book Review:

Loke, a dragon shifter, snatches Anais straight out of battle in an attempt to save her life.  What he doesn’t expect is the attraction that he will feel for this little Amazon.  Anais, who is set on escape and finding her friends is slowly taken with this gentle giant, but can it every work.

Steamy and hot … this is romance at it’s best.  You will enjoy the relationship from Loke and Anais from page one till the end.   That’s not to say that it won’t have some ups and downs.  There were times I found myself angry at Anais and not so sure she was worthy of Loke.  All I can say about Loke is he can do no wrong.

This is the seventh book in the Eternal Mates series and I have to admit that I have not read all of them.  However, this is consistent with the ones I have.  Just as endearing and definitely worth it.

5 Stars

Tori

 

Book Review: Something Good by Darlene Deluca

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Book Description

A mistake. A blessing. A tragedy.
And now, Mandi Evans has made it her goal to fade into anonymity. Once a straight-A student with her choice of colleges, she’s withdrawn into a life that consists of two jobs, an online class, and memories. Crippled by the past, she feels unworthy of a better life – until Lane Whitmore walks into the diner where she works six nights a week.An urban planner, Lane is looking to revitalize the rundown part of town where Mandi’s hidden herself away. He can’t help but notice this diamond in the rough as well, and what starts as simple good times grows to . . . something more.With Lane, Mandi feels alive again, and she makes a bold decision – one that could chart her course on a path to redemption. But will keeping her plan a secret from Lane turn out to be the biggest mistake of all?

 

Book Review:

Letting your childhood mistakes define you, that is what Mandi has done with her life. She let her guilt define who and what she is today.   A lonely woman living in a trailer park working two jobs to make ends meet.   Mandi was once a straight A student with her pick of ivy league colleges. What happened to her, that’s what Lane Whitmore said to himself when he stopped into the diner where Mandi works.  Lane an Urban planner was in town to spruce up the town, but what truly needed sprucing up was this intriguing waitress pouring him his coffee.

Deluca wrote an interesting story. Think back when you were a kid how many mistakes did you make.  That is part of learning right, but some mistakes don’t just go away. They stay with you forever.  This is sure a lessons learned story. I loved it especially Lane riding in on his white horse to save the day.  Ok maybe a BMW but still, he helped Mandi see her way back and out of her shell.  Sometimes you need just that little shove, and a little romance could never hurt either.

I definitely recommend, the characters are complex, you want to know about them and follow their story. It was heartfelt and fast paced from the beginning.

5 Stars

Tori

Book Review: The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander

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Synopsis:

Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.



Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

AUTHOR BIO:

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

Author links:

http://danilynalexander.com/

https://www.facebook.com/danilyn.alexander.1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779758.Dani_Lyn_Alexander

https://twitter.com/DaniLynAlexande

Review:

Ryleigh Donnovan lost her parents at a young age and now her grandmother just a week ago.   Just 17 years old she is forced to look after her sister Mia and not let anyone know that her grandmother died.  They had no money, Ryleigh had to find a job to keep them fed.   It would have been alright if she was even old enough to be her sister’s guardian or if an earth quake didn’t erupt during her interview.  She struggled to find her sister in the aftermath of the earthquake. She went back down to the first floor where she had left her. She could not walk any more, later she found herself in the hospital, could this day get any worse? She needed to quickly get out of their before they really started  asking questions. She finally had to rely on some stranger to help them get out without being noticed.

Jackson Maynard, to become a death dealer he had to obtain, kill and bring Ryleigh back to the kingdom of Cymmera. Not exactly in that order. Something about her stopped him.  Now he has to face his father and possibly be charged with treason for going against a direct order.  Jackson’s father banished him and stripped him of all powers with the help of Kai. The kings trusted advisor who bides by the rules and seems to hate Jackson.  Jackson was given three months to prove his case of why he could not do it.   Will what he find be enough to keep them both alive.

It was an interesting story, I was definitely entertained. Very fast paced and action packed from the beginning. You understood the characters especially Ryleigh who would fight to her death to protect her sister. Even if it meant trusting Jackson who’s soul purpose of being in her existence was to kill her. Jackson’s and Ryleigh’s romance evolved through the story, you felt apart of it.  I enjoyed the story and recommend it.

4 Stars

Tori