Monday, October 14, 2019

Book Review: Until We Kissed by Heather B. Moore

Until We Kissed By Heather B. Moore

Narrated by Xe Sande

Until We Kissed (Pine Valley Book 6) by [Moore, Heather B.]

Book Blurb From Goodreads:

Livvy knows Dr. Slade McKinney is the perfect man for her, but when she keeps running into Mason, Livvy discovers fate has a different plan.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!

Pine Valley librarian Livvy Harmon has big dreams, which include marrying Dr. Slade McKinney. Trouble is, he’s only kissed her once in their four months of dating, and it wasn’t all that great. But Livvy isn’t ready to give up yet on hooking such an amazing man, even though Slade seems to have time for everyone but her.

When Livvy keeps running into writer Mason Rowe, who seems to be camping out in her library to finish his book under strict orders from his agent, Livvy at first keeps him at arm’s length. But the more their friendship grows, the more she finds that her dream relationship with her doctor boyfriend isn’t so dreamy after all.

PINE VALLEY SERIES:
Worth the Risk
Where I Belong
Say You Love Me
Waiting for You
Finding Us
Until We Kissed
Let's Begin Again
All for You Less

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Book Review:

This is book #6 of the Pine Valley Series. This is a standalone book. I have not read or listened to any of the other Pine Valley series. This is in fact my first read by the lovely Heather B. Moore.

I just loved this story after getting into it a bit. The beginning was a little fustrating. Livvy was the librarian of Pine Valley. She has a master’s degree and yet is still hanging on to her school girl desire to marry a doctor. Insert eye roll here. I just wanted her to act like a mature woman not the 16 year old girl she was acting like. But alas, she desired/dreamed of marrying a doctor, so she was stuck in a non-relationship with Dr. Slade. The name even sounds shady. Dr. Slade is too busy being a general practitioner to take her on dates and spend time with her. They kissed once in the 5 months that they were dating. ONLY KISSED ONCE. Are you kidding me? What is she waiting for?

Besides Livvy’s frustrating relationship with Dr. Slade, the story was excellent. Mason Rowe was just dreamy, mysterious, and broken. Not to mention, hot. Mason and Livvy’s relationship has a slow start but is very adorable. 

The story moves right along. Moore writes an engaging story. It was so sweet and lovely. I had the happy, butterfly feeling when I was done listening to this. The narrator was also excellent. 

Thank you to author for gifting me this audiobook.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Audiobook Review: Just for One Night by Lisa Edmonds

Just for One Night by Lisa Edmonds

Narrated by M. Harris


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

The jukebox is playing Eddie Money and dawn is only an hour away, and Sean Maclin sees something he wants, even if it's just for the night. Relive one of the most memorable encounters from Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, Book 1) through Sean's eyes.

It's been a long workday for Sean, alpha werewolf and co-owner of a private security company. Rather than go home, he heads for Hawthorne's, a popular late-night bar catering to the city's night owls, looking for good music and a drink to unwind.

Someone else is headed to Hawthorne's tonight too after a long and eventful day: Alice Worth, mage private investigator, is hoping for an audience with the bar's vampire owner.

A chance meeting changes everything for a woman who lives in the shadows and a man who prowls the night by moonlight.




Book Review:

I just love Lisa Edmonds’ Alice Worth’s stories. They are the ones that I read over and over again. I reviewed the Alice Worth series HERE.

Now I picked this audiobook one day when I needed something to listen to as I ran. It is very short at less that 60 minutes in length. 

The narrator is excellent. He has a deep, sexy type of voice that was perfectly Sean. He had great pacing and inflection.

This story was told from Sean’s POV when he first picked up Alice. It is definitely a teaser for the rest of the Alice Worth series. I am so glad that she wrote from his POV.  He was one of my favorite characters and it was nice to see his thoughts. The action moves right along and I love his reactions to Alice.

If you are looking for something that is a short listen with a sexy male werewolf and how he falls in love with a strong woman, check this one out!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

5 Reasons to Love Audio Books


Hi ya'll Tank here!

I have been listening to alot of audiobooks lately, and I wanted to share the 5 reasons I love them. So this October, I am going to share with you some of my faves!

 1.  I can't read. It just was never a skill that I mastered. So having an audiobook playing really helps in the reading department.

 2. Allie likes to listen to them while she's driving. It makes the time fly. Plus we aren't searching for radio stations every 45 minutes. Ugh, that's awful!

 3. The narrator can really bring the book to life. If you haven't had this experience yet, I would recommend Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. He narrates his own story and honestly it is extraordinary!

 4.  There is such a variety of books out there. You can listen on your phone, tablet, computer, kindle, or go old school and buy CDs. You can even get the audio of some ebooks so you don't have to put the book down when you are cooking or driving.

 5. Last but not least, it is a nice change of pace from the print books. Honestly, I couldn't think of a 5th reason why I love audiobooks. I just do!

How do you feel about audiobooks?

Licks and tail wags,
🐾
Tank

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Book Review: Tiger Queen

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan



Book Blurb from Goodreads:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger. 




Book Review:

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.

I have not read anything quite like the Tiger Queen. It was very original. Frank Richard Stockton wrote a short story called “The Lady or The Tiger”, which is the inspiration for the Tiger Queen. I haven’t read the short story, but it must have been one of those reads that stuck with the author. Now on to my review.

The world building was very detailed and unique. Achra was a city built over an oasis in the desert. The city was facing a drought and it was very trying on the people. There were customs and rituals described. Different animals and art forms. It was really cool to see how their whole world revolved around sand. It drew me into the story and kept me turning the pages.

The characters were well done. Kateri, the MC, had a lot of personal growth. I am very glad of that. Honestly, I didn’t like her to begin with as she came off cruel and spoiled. There was a kind person under the shell that her father built. Cion was my favorite. He was mature for his age and made me think of Robin Hood. I absolutely love Robin Hood. Then there is the king and Rodic. They were just evil, through and through. It was so delicious! I just loved how there was no redeeming qualities for them. I enjoy stories where there is a definite bad guy and a definite good guy. Otherwise I sometimes feel bad for the bad guy to lose if he has too many good reasons for being bad.

The ending was perfect. I would not have changed a bit. I was so happy and satisfied with the ending I haven’t been able to pick up another book. I don’t want to ruin the good vibes I have going.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Book Review: The best of you

The Best of you by Sophie-Leigh Robbins


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

They may be faking their relationship, but they can’t fake the sparks that fly when they’re together.

Desperate to get away from her cheating ex, travel vlogger Holly books a last-minute cruise to the Caribbean, even though the only available packages left are part of a singles cruise. Of course, Holly has no intention of participating in any dating activities. The further away she can stay from love, the better.

Then she runs into Noah, who is equally appalled by the idea of dating anyone after being dumped on his wedding day. They immediately bond over their failed love lives and it doesn’t take long for them to become friends.

When Noah witnesses another passenger hitting on Holly and refusing to take no for an answer, he volunteers to be her fake boyfriend. But as time passes by, they start to realize they are getting more than what they bargained for.

Will Holly accept what’s right in front of her or will she keep running from her dreams?



Book Review:

This is the last book in The Oceanic Dreams series. It is hard to say but I think this one might be my favorite!

The author artfully crafts a tale of two imperfect people falling in love. Holly is a travel vlogger who just got majorly dumped by her fiance. She books this cruise to get away and hopefully grow her vlog. Noah brought his dad aboard so that he could find love. I just love the meet cute of how Holly and Noah met. It is sweet and perfect for a vlogger. Their chemistry is spot on throughout the whole trip. It makes the reader feel happy and satisfied like all is right in the world. 

The secondary characters are to die for. Noah’s dad is hilarious. George and Georgia are so cute and full of wisdom. She did a great job making the other man, Logan, nerdy. I felt so bad for him. I hope he found his own love. 

The Oceanic Dreams series all took place on the same cruise ship at the same time. Throughout the books, you would catch glimpses of the other characters. This was such a cool idea and I absolutely fell in love with Sophie’s writing. I can’t wait to try another.

Thank you to the author for her book. This is my honest opinion. You can find this book on Kindle Unlimited.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Mini Reviews: A Lotus House novels by Audrey Carlan

A Lotus House Novels




Audrey Carlan is one of my favorite authors. I received a few of her Lotus House Novels from Waterhouse Press. Thank you to the publisher for these books. I am doing mini reviews for the three books I received.

I enjoyed the Lotus House Novels for a couple of different reasons.
  1. The Lotus House is a yoga studio, and yoga is a central part to the books. I love yoga. Tank loves to do yoga with me in the mornings, and it is fun to read about yoga. Audrey does a great job describing the Lotus House and its classes. I felt like I was actually taking classes there. Plus she has mini descriptions of chakras and positions at the beginning of each chapter.
  2. All the men are really hot. And the women are just loveable.
  3. Audrey follows all the rules for great romances.
  4. These are part of a series but can be read as standalones with no problem.

Resisting Roots

I enjoyed the first novel of this series. Trent was hunky baseball player that anyone could swoon for, but he had his work cut out for him trying to woo Genevieve. She was everything that he wasn’t used to in a woman. Their romance was just hot, hot, hot.

Sacred Serenity

This one was my absolute favorite. I felt like I identified with Amber as I grew up in a strict Christian household. I understood how she felt about her religion and body. Amber is in school to be a doctor. While I got my doctorate many moons ago, I remember all the stress and pressure it was to be a student. Audrey nailed it perfectly.

I found Dash to be the exact opposite to Amber, and I found them to be a cute couple once they figured out how to be together.

Divine Desire

Mila and Atlas were so much fun to read about. Audrey does an excellent job penning their relationship by trial. It kept me wanting for more. I was sad when this book ended. I just loved how damaged both characters were and how they had to grow.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Book Review: Take a Chance on Me By Delancey Stewart

Take a Chance on Me By Delancey Stewart




Book Blurb from Goodreads:
He was the man of her dreams and their lives were all planned out—until he disappeared without explanation. Only to reappear on the decks of the Oceanic Aphrodite six years later.

Selena Spark has a plan for her life. It’s a new plan, one she devised after her previous plans—the ones she made with her college boyfriend and supposed future husband and business partner fell through—but it’s a good plan.

Step One: Put eyes on the resort Oceanic has built with her company on Grand Cayman, and determine if it is up to her company’s high standards.

Step Two: If it is, score the management position at that resort.

Step Three: Move to Grand Cayman for her dream job and live happily ever after in paradise.

But you know what they say about plans.

And when her sister is left at the altar just before the cruise sails and needs consoling, Selena decides to bring her along. But when Lincoln Addis turns out to be the activities director aboard the Aphrodite, and when he is assigned to oversee her Oceanic experience and confesses that he’s also in the running for the resort management gig? And when she realizes she still loves him, and he’s never stopped loving her?

Selena may have to make some new plans.

Take a Chance on Me is a light-hearted second-chance romance set in the sun and sand of the Caribbean. The perfect beach read




Book Review:

I am not a huge fan of second chance romance novels. It may be because I have never pined for a relationship that went south. I don’t know if I could ever give any of those people a second chance.

Anyway, this was a cute story. It moved right along and was very easy to read. The story was comfortable in that it was a little predictable. I did like the characters. I thought that Lincoln was a hottie, and Selena was great. The read was enjoyable. My favorite scene was when they went swimming with the dolphins. It was absolutely perfect.

If you like second chance stories, this might be the one for you! Check it out on Kindle Unlimited.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Review: I Will Follow Him




Book Blurb from Goodreads:


A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?

When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she's landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to--best case scenario--report back that he's on the up and up, or--the unfortunate, more likely scenario--snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.

Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie's leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.

Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

This novella-length romantic comedy is book five in the Oceanic Dreams series.



Book Review:

I know I say this alot, but this might be my favorite book of the series so far. Holly writes light hearted story of finding self, love, and trust. I just loved the characters and the circumstances that she put them in. The writing is easy to read and I was rooting for Francie throughout the whole book. I wish I lived on a beach to enjoy this fun story with the sand and waves.

Thank you to the author for this story. This is my honest opinion. Plus it is free on Kindle Unlimited!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Book Review: I Thought It Was You

I Thought It Was You by Kristy McManus


Book Blurb From Goodreads:

When Liv Turner takes a cruise to get away from a bad break-up, all she wants to do is hide from the world for a while—and maybe hang out with her brother, who works in the ship’s casino. But soon after boarding, three things happen in quick succession:

1. Liv meets Wells, a gorgeous charity worker on his way to Cozumel.
2. She discovers that her ex has completely drained her bank account.
3. TV celebrity Jamila Castro begs Liv to take on the role of her rehab nurse to stop a vengeful ex co-star from ruining her career.

With Liv broke, and a twenty-thousand dollar incentive to help Jamila out, she reluctantly agrees to a week of pretending to be Nina from Louisiana. The only catch? She isn’t allowed to talk to Wells again. But that becomes difficult when he keeps showing up all over the ship and proving himself to be the perfect guy.

To make matters more complicated, Liv’s brother had booked her trip through a singles group, where it is a requirement to participate in their activities—as herself.

Will Liv be able to avoid having her cover blown, and stop Jamila from being exposed in the media? And will she be able to put Wells out of her mind?

Anything can happen on the Oceanic Aphrodite, but smooth sailing isn’t always one of them.



Book Review:

This is another one in the Oceanic Dreams series. So far this series has been stellar, full of laughs and the good feels.

This story was so cute. I absolutely loved the premise. Heartbroken girl escapes to a cruise. She meets the boy of her dreams, but gets tangled up in a ruse. Then everything falls apart.

Liv was a fun character. I laughed out loud at her tactics. Jamila was also a hoot. The two girls developed an unlikely friendship that was essential to the plot.

I enjoyed Kristy’s story. It was fun and fast paced. The ending was my favorite part of the whole book. She tied all the ends up in a pretty bow. It gave me warm fuzzy feelings as I swiped the last page.

Thank you to the author for this story. This is my honest opinion. You can find this story on Kindle Unlimited!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tank Update!


Hi Ya’ll Tank here!

It’s been a while, I know. We have been very busy. I spend most of my time sleeping as it is so hot here! I like to sleep under the fan where it can blow my hair around. Otherwise, I am busy chasing my ball. It has a squeaker in it that squeaks really loud when it bounces.



Allie has been busy at work. She seems to be a work all the time. (Sad puppy eyes) When she is not saving lives of all my furry friends, she is furiously writing. She “won” at Camp NaNoWriMo. She finally finished her first rough draft of her very first novel! We are beyond pumped. Now on to the editing and rewriting. We now have an author Facebook page and Twitter account!



She has also been writing some Very Short Stories on Twitter. It has been a lot of fun. This month, we are going to take the daily prompts to make a Twitter story. You can check it out HERE!

Below is the start of our story! What do you think? Happy reading.

Licks and tail wags!!!
🐾




Thursday, August 1, 2019

Book Review: Circle in the Sand by Tracy Krimmer

Circle in the Sand by Tracy Krimmer


Circle in the Sand (Oceanic Dreams, #3)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Follow the rules. Be reliable. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve.

Living by these words didn’t put librarian Isla Hunter any closer to the life she imagined at thirty. With her birthday in only a few days, she can’t wait to sail away on a week in the sun with her friends Asher and Charlotte. It may be just what she needs.

When an attractive woman takes a liking to Asher, Isla’s heart feels threatened in an unfamiliar way. She’s used to Asher flipping through women like a playbook without a second thought, but this time it’s different. As she tries to sort out her emotions, she struggles with Asher’s connection with this woman. Is it time for Isla to finally break the rules or will that only lead her in hot water?

You can find me online at:
The link for the book for sale is www.tracykrimmer.com/Amazon.

Book Review:

I totally enjoyed this book. To start with Isla and Asher were from Milwaukee. I grew up there. The description of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan were spot on. I would have disagree with Isla though. I don’t find the Lake to be beautiful. It’s grey, cold, and choppy. But that is just my opinion.

Isla and Asher had quite a journey to get from being friends to a better understanding. It was cute and was fun to read about. I connected to the characters and felt frustration with each of their problems. I was rooting for Asher the whole time! Tracy wrote a story that tugged at my heartstrings.

My favorite part is how each of these stories follows a different couple on the same cruise ship at the same time. It is fun to see how these talented authors weave in details that all the books share. I hope they put this in a box set when all the stories are published.

This is the third in the Oceanic Dream series. It can be fun to read as a standalone. Thank you to the author for this story. This is my honest opinion. You can find this on Kindle Unlimited.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Book Review: Time of my Life by Laura Heffernan



Time of My Life (Oceanic Dreams, #2)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Janey’s never felt this way before, but staff is forbidden from dating passengers. It's only one dirty dance...

Legend says everyone who boards the Oceanic Aphrodite finds love. Janey’s on the ship to teach pole fitness, not for romance. Then she meets Frank. He’s everything Janey isn’t–refined, classy, rich–but his good looks and charm make him undeniably appealing. Unfortunately, he’s also a passenger.

When Janey’s partner can’t perform in the end-of-cruise talent show, Frank offers to fill in. He’s never done pole, but she's got time to teach him. As they grow closer, Janey finds herself hoping the legend is real–but if she gives in to temptation, she could be out of a job.






Book Review:

This is the second book in the Oceanic dream series. Also a standalone read. These reads are nice and short. A relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

One of my all-time favorite movies is Dirty Dancing. Who didn’t fall in love with Patrick Swayze? Running down the aisle and have him lift you up in the air. At least, I fantasized about that.

This story was all the fun of Dirty Dancing, with a twist of gender swapping. Frank is a hot, sweet doctor. Janey is the pole dancing instructor, coming from the life of hard luck. Can the two of them work together despite their differences?

The story was fun to read. Laura had tied in direct quotes from the movie. It was cute and wonderful. Janey was a delight to read about. She was a strong independent woman. I loved how she worked hard for herself, family, and of course her best friend. Frank was adorable. He had all the innocence of Baby from the movie. The writing was fabulous, the characters delightful, and the conclusion was perfect. I so want to go on a cruise ship to the Carribean.

Thank you to the author for this book. You can find it on Kindle Unlimited.

Guest Post by Laura Heffernan: Time of My Life Inspiration

When Delancey Stewart first suggested that several chicklit authors band together and
post a novella series, I got excited. When the group eventually settled on the idea of
settling all of the books on a cruise, I knew joining was the right decision. Cruising is my
favorite means of travel – so much, in fact, that my husband and I got married on a
cruise ship. (Also, it was about 15x cheaper than getting married in Boston.)

Janey came to me first, around the time someone suggested that some of the main
characters could be staff instead of passengers. Shortly after I got married, I started
taking regular pole fitness classes. It was the first form of exercise I ever loved, and I
went a couple of times a week for years. I gave a couple of performances, and even filled
in as substitute instructor for the beginners’ class a few times. I studied both pole fitness
and sexier pole. Ever since my first book was published, I’ve wanted to write a pole
dancing heroine. I’ve just been waiting for the right story to present itself.

From a pole dancing instructor onboard, my mind went to Dirty Dancing pretty much
immediately. I loved the idea of making the female main character the dance instructor.
I liked being able to delve more into the relationship with Penny and dig into moments
that weren’t shown in the movie because Baby wasn’t present for those scenes. Once I
started to examine the possibilities, Frank revealed himself. I quickly fell in love with my
dancing doctor–even if he did sometimes need someone to take him down a peg or two.
(No worries, Janey’s good at that.)

The main plot points are similar to those in the movie, because this is a retelling. That
was interesting for me because I usually don’t plot my stories. My characters tend to
take on a life of their own, making decisions that take me through the book. Not this
time. Dirty Dancing served as a type of outline. I knew I needed various major events,
like the dance show at the end. It was really more about telling the story in my own
voice, putting my own twist on things, and striving to create a couple that readers would
root for as much as Baby and Johnny. Janey and Frank aren’t carbon copies; they’re
their own people. And I had the time of my life telling their story. I hope readers enjoy it
as much as I did.

Time of My Life is the second novella in the Oceanic Dreams series.

Author Bio:
:
Laura Heffernan is like the wind. A couple of years ago, she discovered that she could
have the time of her life doing pole fitness. In the still of the night, Laura enjoys writing
books that recognize love is strange.

Before taking time off to have a baby, yes, she could do most of the moves described in
this book. Not that one. But because big girls don’t cry, she tries not to dwell on it.
Where are you tonight? Probably on Twitter, tweeting about reality television, board
games, or Canadian chocolate.
Read about Laura’s other books at lauraheffernan.com or sign up for her newsletter

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