Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book Review: The Pirate's Stowaway Bride

The Pirate's Stowaway Bride

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Sit still. Be quiet. Obey.

Adora has lived her entire life under her mother’s strict rules, but when obedience means marrying a man twice her age, something deep within her snaps. Fleeing the night of her wedding, she boards what she assumes is a trade ship and hides among the cargo she hopes won’t be touched until she’s far away from the life she left behind.

She never anticipated being found.

Or finding Fenix.

Fenix believes in freedom, expression, and adventure. When a woman in a wedding gown is found in the belly of his ship with eyes like fire and the disposition of something almost broken, he wants nothing more than to release the flames and mend the cracks.

But with her past catching up to them, he may not have the chance.



Book Review:


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Thank you to the author for the copy of her book.

This is a fun 5 paw read, especially if you are looking for a fast paced story with a strong damsel and sexy pirate.

Adora is a pistol. She would have to be to runaway on her wedding night to stowaway in a ship. A pirate ship, no less. I love her spunk and sass. I love how she fights against her societal norms to live the life she wants.

The pirate, Fenix, is not what you would expect. He tall and dashing but not cruel or crash. He is such a gentleman. I want to stowaway on a pirate ship.

The author does a fantastic job weaving a story that is fun to read and fast paced. It isn’t a long book so if you are looking for something to read in a couple hours this is it.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Book Review: The Truth about Love and Dogs

The Truth About Love and Dogs

Book Blurb From Goodreads:

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.


Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want. 

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other. 

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.




Book Review:


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Michele Gorman had approached me to read her story on Twitter. After reading the blurb, I just had to. A rom-com with dogs, how could Tank and I pass this up. 

This is definitely a 5 paw read. It has all the feels it made me laugh and cry as I flipped through the pages. The characters were approachable and realistic. How hasn't had relationship problems with their friends or significant other? When Rufus and Scarlett, couldn't get pregnant, the author covered a heatbreaking subject with tack and feeling. The writitng beautifully caused me to feel deeply for these people and I teared up several times as they negotiated the landmines of hurt feelings.

I really appreciate the amount of effort the author put into  accurrately described the dog training scenes,  dog owner interactions, and dog behavior. It was spot on. I could relate in several scenes as I have had those same interactions with dog owners on a daily basis.


This story was sweet, funny, and had everything to make a great book.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Book Review: Kingdom of Exiles

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer, #1)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

Book review:

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Thank you to the publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc., and Netgalley for this ARC.

I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was exactly like the blurb advertises. Alot of fantastic beasts, a kick-ass protagonist, and a bunch of bad boy assassins (that have big hearts) fill this exciting story.

First off, the cover is suberbly crafted. I love how the beast hovers in the background. It was the main reason I requested the book. Tank and I love reading about creatures, real and magical. Not only that, but Leena is exactly how I pictured her.

Next, the story is told in dual POV from Leena and Noc. It is fun to read both viewpoints. The author did an excellent job writing from both of their prespectives. I fell in love with both characters and rooted for them as they faced their trials. Plus, they were flawed characters with deep backstories.

The writing was engaging and I couldn't put this book down. I hope she writes a sequel quickly!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Book Review: Heart of Stone



Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Alice Isn't Running Anymore.

Five years ago, mage private investigator Alice Worth escaped her grandfather Moses Murphy’s organized crime syndicate. Now, her grandfather’s war with local boss Darius Bell has drawn her out of hiding and put her in the crosshairs of not one but two merciless crime lords. Her decision to intervene in their war has endangered everyone Alice cares about and threatens to destroy the life she’s built for herself, including her relationship with alpha werewolf Sean Maclin.

Meanwhile, Alice’s new case is the most dangerous of her career. Hired to find a missing child with a rare magical ability, she and her ghost sidekick Malcolm quickly become targets for the boy’s ruthless kidnappers. To stay alive and free from both Bell and Moses, she must rely not only on her growing powers but also her alliances with Sean’s pack and the Vampire Court.


When Alice’s conflicts with pack members turn violent and the Court betrays her, the truth becomes clear: freeing the kidnapped boy and finding her place in the pack will cost Alice her secrets, her safety, and—if she isn’t careful—her life.





Book Review:


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Thank you to the author and publisher for my copy of this ARC.

If you have been following my blog, you may know that I am totally in love with Alice Worth and Lisa Edmonds’ writing.

Heart of Stone was just as great as the previous books. This was beautifully written.I would recommend reading the books in order. You could probably read it as a standalone, but you would miss all the juicy details leading to this book.

The tension in Alice’s world comes to a head in Heart of Stone. The action is riveting and kept me turning the page. I read the whole series plus this new book in a weekend! It was so good! This book blended all the conflict from the previous books. I enjoyed how it all ended.

Alice has some serious growth as a person, finally. She makes a conscious effort to include her friends, which I am really glad. I love her friends and want her to keep having adventures with her friends.

I feel like a broken record but I am super excited for the next one. Check out the rest of her books!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Book Review: Alice Worth Box set



Book Blurb From Goodreads:

From highly acclaimed urban fantasy author, Lisa Edmonds, comes the Alice Worth Box Set. The collection contains books 1 – 3 and a bonus novella including Heart of Malice, Heart of Fire, Heart of Ice, and Blood Money. Join Alice and help solve the paranormal mystery today!

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HEART OF MALICE (Book 1)
The first time Moses Murphy’s granddaughter killed on his orders, she was six years old.

For twenty years, she was a prisoner of an organized crime syndicate, forced to use her magic to make Moses the most powerful and feared man on the East Coast. To escape his cruelty, she faked her own death and started a new life as Alice Worth. As a private investigator specializing in cases involving the supernatural, Alice walks a precarious line between atoning for the sins of her grandfather’s cabal and keeping her true identity hidden.

Hired to investigate the disappearance of a mysterious object of power, Alice enlists the help of Malcolm, a ghost running from a past as nightmarish as her own. It soon becomes clear the missing object was taken by someone with a dangerous secret and an unknown agenda. When her client is kidnapped, Alice must find her and the object of power before a vengeful killer destroys the city and slaughters thousands—starting with Alice.

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HEART OF FIRE (Book 2)
It has been a rough month for mage private investigator Alice Worth.

Alice hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks, her relationship with werewolf Sean Maclin is on the rocks, a federal agent hounds her every step, and a powerful vampire whose ulterior motives have ulterior motives watches her every move. It’s enough to drive any woman to drink.

Just when Alice's ghost sidekick Malcolm is about to stage an intervention, her former employer, Mark Dunlap, enlists her help to find out who’s been kidnapping women off the streets. As the list of the missing grows, the city’s anger turns against the vampires, and the Vampire Court hires Mark and Alice to find those responsible. After the case reunites her with Sean, Alice is forced to confront painful demons from her past, as well as the very real demon who wants her dead and the vampire determined to control her power.

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HEART OF ICE (Book 3)
Even the coldest hearts can burn...

After closing a big case for the Vampire Court, mage private investigator Alice Worth is relieved to be back solving magical mysteries with her ghost sidekick Malcolm and spending quality time with sexy alpha werewolf Sean. Her latest case puts her on the trail of a burglary ring targeting wealthy collectors of magical objects. Meanwhile, Alice’s grandfather, crime lord Moses Murphy, fights a local boss for control of the city. Soon a new danger emerges: Moses’s new lieutenant is someone Alice knows and this is one family reunion she wants to avoid at all costs.

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BLOOD MONEY (Novella)
Charles Vaughan has always had great taste in women, and the Vampire Court's newest investigator, Alice Worth, looks very tasty indeed.


In two hundred years, Charles has never met anyone quite like Alice. Minutes after meeting him for the first time, she threatens to burn down Vampire Court headquarters. By the end of the night, Charles is sure of two things: Alice is not who or what she seems, and someday she will be his...if she doesn't get herself killed first.



Book Review:

I am going to fangirl all over this blog post so if that bothers you, just read a different post.

A couple weeks ago, my favorite publisher, City Owl Press, had a bunch of box sets free on Amazon. I just had to grab them. Who doesn't need more free books?

Anyway, this was the first time I have read anything by Lisa Edmonds. I must say Holy Cow! These stories just blew my socks off.

Alice Worth is Mage PI who tries to solve problems for her  clients all the while trying to protect her secrets from the people who would do her harm. She is not sure that she can trust anyone and keeps everyone at arm's length. Until one day, Malcolm the ghost is assigned to her. Now she is not a one man show, she has to adapt to working with a companion. That's when all the action starts to happen.

Now, let me tell you why I love this series. I love Alice Worth. As an MC, she is nearly perfect. She has an incredible backstory that Edmonds weaves throughout the series. Every little piece of backstory is tantalizing. She is a total badass. She moved across the country, had a total makeover, and started a new life to hide from the horror of her past. As a mage, she has lots of really cool powers. She has a green fire whip that she uses to take out the bad guys. She is flawed but always tries to make up for transgressions in the past. I love how broken she is, but she is trying her hardest to heal.

I also enjoy the other characters. Malcolm the ghost is funny and a nice balance to Alice's personality. Charles the vampire is so cold and calculating. I love how he is also damaged goods, but he definitely seems to have feelings to Alice. Then there is Sean the werewolf, he is just hot and so sweet.  Edmonds has all the characters to make a great story.

There is ton of nail biting action that kept me turning the pages through the wee hours of the night. Some was unexpected and some was predictable, but I enjoyed the plots of all the books.

I would definitely recommend reading them in order as it may be difficult to follow the action.


This was a refreshing read that has wonderful characters, lots of action and danger, and just a bit of romance. This series has moved to list of faves. Can't wait for the next book!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Favorite Book to Movie: Tank's Picks


Hi ya'll Tank here!

I hope everyone is had a great weekend. Allie and I watched a lot of movies this weekend. It was great to snuggle on the couch and have all the attention to myself. My bro, Finn, likes to sleep on the floor when we are watching movie. Weird, dontcha think?

I have my absolute favorite movie adaption of books. They all include animals and are in no particular order.

**101 Dalmatians**


The 101 Dalmatians (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #1)

It is based on the book  101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.  I love both the Disney version and the 1996 version with Glenn Close as Cruella. She was fantastic! The music and animation were so well done in the Disney version, it is no wonder that it is a classic. The movies themselves were freely adapted from the book, but that doesn't bother me!

If you have never read the book, please do. It is an on the edge of your seat kind of read.

Book Blurb of 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Pongo and Missis had a lovely life. With their human owners, the Dearlys, to look after them, they lived in a comfortable home in London with their 15 adorable Dalmatian puppies, loved and admired by all. Especially the Dearlys' neighbor Cruella de Vil, a fur-fancying fashion plate with designs on the Dalmatians' spotted coats! So, when the puppies are stolen from the Dearly home, and even Scotland Yard is unable to find them, Pongo and Missis know they must take matters into their own paws! The delightful children's classic adapted twice for popular Disney productions. 



**Black Beauty**
Black Beauty

The 1994 version of Black Beauty is another fave of ours. The movie is based on the book Black Beauty by Anna Swell. What is fascinating about the book is that Anna wrote it as she was sick and dying. It is her only work but it transcends generations. The story was written to show the horror of animal abuse and how poorly people were treated back in her time. While we don't have to worry about drunkards riding their horses to the ground, the lessons still apply today. Before I get on my soapbox about how horrible it still is to crop ears on puppies and what some people do to their horses, let's talk about the movie.

The movie itself is wonderful. The storyline follows the book. The horses are beautiful and the acting is great. Not to mention, Allie cries at the end. Every single time. She knows what is going to happen and still cries!

Book blurb of  Black Beauty by Anna Swell

Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship . . . Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home?

**Homeward Bound**
The Incredible Journey

This is based on the novel The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. We like the 1993 film made by Disney. The film is very loosely adapted. Disney couldn't even find the right breeds of dogs to match the book. It still is a good movie and the character Chance always makes us laugh.

Book blurb of The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journey is one of the great children's stories of all time--and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961.


**The Black Stallion**
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This is an all time favorite of ours. The movie follows the book closely. Mickey Rooney does a fabulous job in this movie! Plus my favorite scene is when he is coming down the backstretch and takes off his helmet and outstretched his arms. I so wish I could ride a horse. Alas, I have 4 legs and no hands.

Book blurb of The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Published originally in 1941, this book is about a young boy, Alec Ramsay who finds a wild black stallion at a small Arabian port on the Red Sea. Between the black stallion and young boy, a strange understanding grew that you lead them through untold dangers as they journeyed to America. Nor could Alec understand that his adventures with the black stallion would capture the interest of an entire nation.


Have you seen any of these? What are your favorite book to movie adaptations? Do any of them have animals?

Licks and tail wags,

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Tank

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Book Review: Chrystalis



Chrysalis (The Order, #3)

Book blurb from Goodreads:

After Wolf Manor, Fawn vowed to never be weak, broken, or scared again. She has wrenched her power from the Vultures, visiting them under the cover of darkness to deliver the same drug they’d given her. This version has a different side effect: death.
It doesn’t stop the nightmares, it can’t erase what happened, but revenge is the only distraction from Lyon Estate. Tucked in the wilderness, she draws back into herself until Master Lyon demands they make good on their deal. In order to continue her vengeance, he is to be her Owner—really this time.
While it is a small sacrifice to make, Fawn isn’t prepared to be pulled back into Elliot’s world, where the rules of the Order exist, but in a new way. Running from him sends her into the arms of others in House Chimera. People who should be off limits, but they also stir something within her wholly different than the emotions Master Lyon can conjure. Marius is patient, and she finds herself clinging to him more now than ever before. People like them don’t believe in love, but can they choose it?
Fawn is no longer the prey, but beyond the trees, a lone Wolf is hunting…


Book Review:

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This is our third read by Nikki Rae. While I really enjoyed the first two books, I found this one to be more if a filler between the action that happened in book 2 and what will hopefully happen in book 4. Don't get me wrong, I still had a great time reading it. There was nothing wrong with the way it was written, it just did not keep me on the edge of my seat, like the first 2 books.

As for the characters, I found Doe to tiresome. She didn't fight to make her life better. She just did her job and squirrel herself away in the study. While I totally understand the draw of a good book, she kept avoiding the other characters. The tension in the story was getting to me. I just wanted a peek at the strong willed girl I fell in love with in the first book.

As for the sex, there wasn't as much as I thought there was going to be. It was all consensual, but it lacked the hotness I expected from Nikki.

I do love the artwork for this series. It is sensual and captures the essence of the books. What do you think of it?

Overall, this was my least favorite of her books, but I am looking forward to her next one!

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