Book Review Godwin’s Law

godwin_coverTitle: Godwin’s Law

Author: Bernard Maestas

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5 stars

Buy: Amazon

Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.

Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?

Will Alex and Ted get paid?”

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading. I expected to enjoy this book…but turned out, I did more than just enjoy it – I loved it. Gwen Kane is the estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire, holds a terrifying secret, and has been lured into a dangerous cult. It’s up to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her, and they do so in fast-paced, breathless style, in a book packed with action from start to end. What should be an easy mission ends in a manhunt across Europe, Canada and the USA. The duo starts to wonder why Gwen is so important, and more importantly, if they’ll ever get paid for all their hard work.

This is the second book in the series, but I managed to follow it just fine without having read the first book. The book was so action-packed, I barely had time to breathe, let alone take a break while reading. It also has a good dose of humor, sometimes subtle, and as a reader, I couldn’t help but root for the two main characters. Flawed as they are, they immediately appealed to me.

An excellent thriller, highly recommended to anyone who loves this genre.

Book Review Phoenix Rising

23287678Title: Phoenix Rising

Author: Leila Lacey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Phoenix James is plus sized dynamo, she is tall and light skinned, very earthy and eclectic in the way she dresses.

Phoenix is funny and fun loving; she has the personality that can make friends in the desert. Outgoing and charismatic, easy to talk to. She is the girl that all the girls want to have as a friend and the girl that all the fellas think is cool. She is loyal to her friends and family to a point of sometimes hurting herself if they are not being true to her.

She is single and has no kids, she has been married once and that relationship ended in divorce after he cheated on her. Although on the outside she seems totally confident and comfortable in her own skin to the public; she is sad and insecure about her weight and finding true love, Because of her insecurities her choices in men have been bad and most times disastrous.

Nick Crowne is 6’2” with broad shoulders and chocolate brown skin and brown eyes. He was born and raised in Britain so has and accent. His dimple on his right cheek gets him out of a whole lot of trouble with the ladies. Always being a slender man he is not much of a gym rat but still has an amazingly toned body with a deep sensual voice; he was married to the love of his life who died in a car accident 6 years ago, with their two year old daughter. He is not looking for nor does he have a desire to be in a relationship. He has decided that he will never let that pain touch him again. Besides the fact that being married to him was dangerous because of his family.

Nick is a man with culture and pride in being a black man. He donates extensively to scholarships for under privileges black children to go to college. He is a shark in business and a teddy bear in private.

He does not lie or sugar coat things he feels that, is just a way to cause more heart ache in the end. Being that he is so blunt and honest many people feel he is cruel and do not understand him. Born to a…. what American’s would call mafia family, he once worked 3 jobs and went to school full time to create a good life for himself and his family outside of a life of crime. He has worked hard for all he has and will fight dirty to keep it.

Phoenix is a fun and loving person, with a charming personality. However, she also suffers from a crippling insecurity about her weight, especially after her husband cheated on her. She’s made some bad choices in love, and is reluctant to fall for anyone again. Nick Crowne, broad-shouldered with an amazing voice, lost the love of his life in a car accident six years ago, along with their young daughter. He’s been haunted by depression ever since, and is reluctant to fall in love again.

But when the two of them meet and the chemistry is off the roof, they might have to give love another chance.

This is an inspiring, romantic read featuring realistic characters that instantly captured my heart. The writing works, and the plot is believable, and heart-warming. Recommended to all contemporary romance fans.

Book Review A Differet Kind of Safari by Helen C. Hipp

bookcover_smallTitle: A Different Kind of Safari

Author: Helen Hipp

Genre: Children’s Books

Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari”  addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

I love kids books! I find that libraries too often focus on books for grown ups, and not for kids, so I’m always eager to review a kids book in my spare time. “A Different Kind of Safari” is a unique book – rather than just tell a story, it gives responses to some of life’s most intriguing questions, but in such a way that children will understand it too.

The story focuses on a young boy who meets a hippo on a safari, and that’s when the adventure begins. Ray, the main character, is different from other children and struggles to fit in. His friend the hippo offers him some interesting perspectives and life lessons, mostly through stories and adventures. The book isn’t preachy at all, instead it’s a fun adventure for parents and kids to live through together.

Book Review A Dead End in Vegas

DeadEndVegasTitle: A Dead End in Vegas

Author: Irene Woodbury

Genre: Women’s Fiction

When the nude body of Dave Sloan’s wife, Tricia, is found dead at the Bellagio in Vegas, he’s stunned.  Why was she even there when she told him she was going to a conference in Phoenix?  Tricia Sloan’s mysterious death shatters, and later transforms, the lives of those closest to her.

I wanted to read this book mostly because it seemed like a not-that-easy to solve suspense novel, with a mix of romance thrown in, and focusing on relationships and betrayal, and all of that sounded good to me. What surprised me the most however, was the complexity of what was going on – and I mean that in a good way.

When Dave SLoan’s wife, Tricia dies unexpectedly – murdered – Dave’s life is altered forever. He struggles between being overwhelmed by anger, and trying to understand what happened. As he tries to recollect the pieces of his life, so do the others closest to Tricia – Sally, our narrator, and Mike, her husband. But the shattered pieces of a life lost may change more than just their relationship with each other, their friendship, their history.

Great writing and a solid plot that doesn’t focus as much on the who-dun-it as on the consequences of losing a loved one, and a great cast of characters, Sally being my favorite.

Book Review This Beautiful World

ThisBeautifulWorld500x750Title: This Beautiful World

Author:  Elisabeth Jackson

Genre: Romantic Suspense / Mystery

As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same night RaeAnne and King found terror in the orchard, she reunites with King. The boy she knew has grown up to be very handsome and guarded. But can the two ever be more than old friends who share a terrifying secret?

The past collides with the present in this romantic suspense / mystery novel. RaeAnne and her sidekick King were the best of friends when they were kids. But an event in the past scarred them for life – the discovery of a boy their age in a crate of apples in the town’s orchard. The same night of the discovery, RaeAnne’s brother disappears.

Now, years later, RaeAnne returns to town. However, as soon as she arrives, something or someone seems to target her and her family. The incidents are related to what happened that day she found the boy in the orchard, and if she wants to protect herself and her family, she’ll have to figure out what happened that fateful day. Meanwhile, she reconnects with her old friend King, as they try to solve the secrets that’ve been haunting them.

The characters were surprising – I could connect with most of them easily, RaeAnne being my favorite though. The book relies heavily on characterization, but at the same time provides an interesting plot that kept me guessing until the end. Good writing, and a book that’ll be enjoyed by all fans of romantic suspense and the old-friends-turn-lovers trope.

Book Review Francesca of Lost Nation

Francesca.Lost.Nation.Cover.FNLTitle: Francesca of Lost Nation

Author: Lucinda Sue Crosby

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Winner of Four Literary Prizes / Author selected as one of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show online media outlet

This family saga is “funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, it is as much a romantic thriller as it is a perfect little capsule of a time gone by. It is a book about love of all kinds – between grandmother and child, between child and dog, between man and woman.”

If you like Old Fashioned Romance Reads similar to Norah Roberts or Kristin Hanna for kindle, you will want to add this one to your collection:

Here’s a little about the story:

When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.

Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.

In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca’s 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own … leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.

Those that enjoy family sagas or family drama will also embrace this story

There are plenty of eccentric characters, including Francesca who is quirky and full of secrets – she keeps the town gossips busy. There are some dramatic family dynamics that cause tension and uneasiness at times. Because the story is told through the wide-eyed 10-year-old Sarah, this romance mystery is humorous at times.

Readers love this kindle romance fiction, because it has a touch of everything: friendship, humor, romance, adventure and mystery.

This book is set in the early 1940s in a small village in Iowa. Ten-year-old Sarah spends a summer with her grandmother, Francesca. They share a close relationship. Francesca has advanced ideas for the time era, and Sarah is an intelligent child. The summer is about to become one of the most memorable summers of their entire lives, as Sarah’s parents are out town, and the two of them have to spend time together.

This is a coming-of-age story, romance, adventure and mystery in one. Great writing, and an adorable set of main characters. Francesca was definitely my favorite – I’d love to have a grandmother like Francesca.

Book Review Reflection of the Gods

Reflection_oftheGods_LRes_COMP_2Title: Reflection of the Gods

Author: Lisa Llamrei

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

Reflection of the Gods constantly switches POV between the main characters, which is, right away, the book’s greatest flaw. The other flaws are minor, and I ended up enjoying this book, even with the switching POV.

Das MacDermott has recnetly divorced, and he wants a new start. When moving out of the city, he witnesses a young woman held at gunpoint by three men, and he saves her. The victim, Aislinn, acts totally ungrateful, but for some reason does decide to join him in his new life in rural Ontario. The two of them start to develop a relationship, first as friends, building on trust, but then as something more. But turns out Aislinn isn’t quite who she pretends to be. As a demigod with unusual talents and abilities, who has been alive for over a thousand years, she’s certainly more than meets the eye.

The plot was nice, and although not entirely original, it had enough originality to still sound refreshing. Good characters, good writing. If it wasn’t for the switching POV, I would’ve loved this, now I like it, but I don’t love it.