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Loved this book – would love it if there were MORE starring Renee or her fellow deltas. I’m learning that you cannot go wrong with this author at all.

For anyone who likes their stories CLEAN – you’ve come to the right place. This books is sweet, completely clean and more focused on some urban working-girl drama, with a side of romance, than just being a romance.

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Pelican Freak’s 4.5-star review:

Cover: 

Cute, not super professional, but totally fitting and I LOVE the originality.

Editing/Proofing:

Professional – smooth read.

Formatting:

Easy on the eyes, no distractions.

Character development:

I admit, I marvelled at this a few times. There were a lot of characters to keep straight but it was somehow made simple. Good consistency and I wanted to know about everyone that appeared. Brilliant design here.
I got really into this book really quickly, as the Delta girls’ world just had a way of pulling me right in. Renee is strong, just girlie enough, independant and has a strong support system. She’s a daddy’s girl – and I mean that in a completely innocent way. She’s likeable, kinda badass and I empathize with her throughout. This book isn’t like anything else I’ve ever read – the conversations are played out, not just described. It all feels so real; I could completely see myself in these situations, saying/doing these things. I was sucked into the book, missed it when I stepped away, etc. and it all felt so real.

It was mildly predictable but – I truly predict everything. This didn’t turn me off at all, and when it ended, I was a little sad that it was over… book hangover here. Hope Gretchen writes more from this world – I’d happily travel back to it any time.

Overall, I’d say 4, 4.5 stars. If I hadn’t been able to predict it, I’d do 5, that’s the only thing holding me back a bit.

 

Seriously – great!!

 

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I’m stoked to have finally read, what for me has been a highly-anticipated release: Book 4 in Trish Marie Dawson’s Find Me series!

This is my favorite series, and the one that introduced me to one of my favorite authors. Dawson has an annoying habit of leaving me hanging so I’ve been going mental waiting for this one.

It did not disappoint.
The book:

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(Pre-order it here: http://amzn.to/2iLj6au )

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Pelican Freak’s 5-star review:

     I’ve been a fan of Dawson since ‘I Hope You Find Me’ and this is actually my favorite book series and she’s one of my two favorite authors.
So, it was with lots of excitement but also very, very high expectations that I embarked on Book 4 of her Find Me series. I’m not an easy person to impress, and was left hanging where the first three installments left off – still this one does not disappoint.
     When we left off in Book 3, Finding Hope, it of course, had grown increasingly dark, being the third book in a post apocalyptic series. I was impressed, constantly, with how perfectly she managed to pull off the escalating darkness of the mood, while keeping it real. Nothing about this series strikes me as far-fetched and the changes we see in the characters’ demeanors seem appropriate for what they’ve been through. This installment just picks up where its predecessor left off, tone-wise. Despite it growing darker, there is still always hope, thanks to brilliantly designed characters.  Dawson is incredibly brilliant in this way.
     As with all of her other books, I feel like I’ve watched it all play out. Her descriptions are so real, so raw and so detailed -without droning on annoyingly though- that I forget I’m looking at words and just watch all of the scenes play out in my mind. This is how all books should be, yes, but Dawson is one of the few authors who does this for me. When I had to put the book down, I missed it. This series stays with me and I’m certain I’ll be re-reading the entire series, greedily. Again.
     Despite the rotating point-of-views, there is no confusion. This way, the reader has insight into the various ways the different characters see things. It’s fascinating at times to view one character’s view of their relationship with that person, versus the other person’s. It was always a great way to showcase the various characters’ mindsets: some remained ever-hopeful, despite having lost everything. Others had developed some very interesting coping mechanisms that added drama to the group dynamic, adding another element of fun to the overall reading experience.
     Overall I’d give this 5 stars for keeping me engaged, not an easy feat, staying with me after I’ve finished it, and being professionally done.
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If you haven’t already started this series, check it out!
You can score the first book for free, here:
https://www.amazon.com/Hope-You-Find-Me-ebook/dp/B008CJQX0W/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484796541&sr=1-2

This book was like nothing else I’ve read and I’m a fan!

The book:

http://amzn.to/2djLjnf

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Pelican Freak’s 5-star review:

Wow!

I came into this book not really sure what to expect.
The prologue left me still unsure of what to expect.. it was a great introduction to Mimic, who turned out to be a fascinating character but left questions. Did suck me in though.

The book is set in present time, but has futuristic technology if that makes sense. Really, it’s alien technology that humans stumble upon. Hammott manages to make it seem plausible. It’s not hard to believe that any other race would be more advanced than humans as… clearly we humans cannot get past superficial issues long enough to grip the big picture and just get our shit together.

This book centers around smarter-than-average humans so they sort of stand a chance against what they find… slim as it may be.

There’s nonstop action, almost.
Despite all of the action, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get to know the characters who are brilliantly developed.

I absolutely loved to hate one of them, was fascinated by a couple of them… rooted for the bulk of them and there was even a little romance worked in. Though it was subtle, it still managed to hold my attention and cause me to root for it.

This book also has laugh out loud moments and a little bit of heartwrench.
Lately, I’m having a hard time becoming engrossed in anything… as everything’s been done before. This is like nothing I’ve ever read and I’ll absolutely seek out more rom Hammott.

No complaints at all.. 5 stars.

The Book:

http://amzn.to/2cboyDj

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After being found, inexplicably, standing over a brutal scene involving a pair of recent murder victims, Jade comes to in a hospital with limited memories. Labeled as paranoid by the seedy medical team and locked up, she seems more a victim than a deviant. Promptly drugged and plunged into sleep, she is submerged into a chronic dreamland that seems controlled by another, she soon gives in to a lavish life with a Malum who seems all too eager to see to her every desire. She awakes in yet another reality with no memories of her past, or even herself. Something is making her forget… and just like that she steps into her new life.

Malum is deeply in love with Jade and is only agenda is to give her the world… Or so he claims. Blindly followed by his people, the Luxans, he works tirelessly to keep them safe from the Rebels, with Jade by his side. Surely his motives are pure… yet, the more time Jade spends with him, the further she seems to fall from herself.

All the while, Jade is plagued by vivid dreams of another life… one she struggles to understand while Malum works to make her forget. As Jade struggles to hold onto her soul and discover her past, Malum seeks to possess all that she is.

PelicanFreak’s 5-star Review

I absolutely will never be able to say enough about this book.

I had the pleasure of reading it for edits and I actually missed it every time I had to step away. It really sucked me in. Vieira has a way of setting the scene, and with the descriptives – so that the reader feels like they’re there. I love when that happens, unfortunately it doesn’t very often any more.

The characters are a very interesting cast and you’ll find that you love to hate them, or totally root for them… there is sex, violence, romance. There’s a little bit of raw anger – that these characters are able to draw out and I’ve never said this about fiction – I don’t get emotionally invested easily – but I did with this book.

I truly hope that Vieira keeps writing as she clearly has a rare gift. With so much to read, literally millions of choices, it still is hard to find something of this quality.
I eagerly await more in this series and I will greedily submerse myself in anything this author writes going forward.

Brilliantly designed, complex characters.
Good continuity.
Spelling/grammar/ etc. on point.

Great cover, fitting. Dark like the book…
As I’m writing this review, I miss the book still. Pretty sure I’ll be re-visiting it in the years to come, as a rare favorite.

Highly recommend.

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Rehab is For Witches

“We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

Some witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit.

BN: http://bit.ly/1QhszBz
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1FZeBUC
iTunes: http://apple.co/1P7rEWX
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1Jvmkoe
US: http://amzn.to/1R8mdVL
UK: http://amzn.to/1iBDFGk
CA: http://amzn.to/1LdtXqM

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The book:

http://amzn.to/1TPrvsT

Bodyguard, Den of Thieves Book #2, by A.M. Cosgrove

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Pelican Freak’s 5star review:

What I love about Cosgrove is she can pull off a hot, steamy romance that is also sweet, yet not like all of the other billions of romance books out there!

Bodyguard, like its predecessor is filled with characters I love – in fact, I’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for more of these series because the guys of DoT Recovery have completely grown on me.

Bo is a hottie with baggage… however he’s not super annoying about it, he’s trying to overcome it. His client has her own baggage and issues… he’s got to help her get to the bottom of it all before someone from her past? Present? That’s part of the mystery – succeeds in killing her. Along the way, he might realize he’s attracted to her..

This book has just enough mystery to keep me guessing til the end, loads of drama and it’s hot where it needs to be. It’s a fun, fast read that left me wanting more of the series but with no questions thus far. A great read – Cosgrove never disappoints.

Highly recommend.

 

& if you’ve got #KindleUnlimited, it IS included. 🙂

I’m sure I’ve mentioned her before and I’m sure I’ll mention her here again …

her books are just that good.

Cosgrove is the genius behind Detective Stan Brookshire who has his own series. Each book can be read as a standalone, or you can go in order – it doesn’t matter. Each one briefly touches on his backstory so you know what’s up and each book handles one case which wraps up nicely – no cliff hangers. If I’m left wanting more, it’s just because I love the characters and I do miss them in between!

I’ve read each of her books several times and they never get old. They seem to range about 50K to 80K words and just flow really quickly, regardless. Great pace.

Rather than boring you with a ton of buy links, I’ll just drop the link to my personal favorite Stan book here. I think this one is Cosgrove’s most twisted yet… the killer literally sends his victims’ body parts to their loved ones…

It’s just $3 – can’t go wrong for that.

http://amzn.to/1V6OzDR

I’ve previously reviewed it, see below for that.

 

She’s also recently started writing Romantic Suspense and while I’m not normally a fan of romance, I love this series as well and am eagerly awaiting book #3! These can also be read as standalones.

The series kicks off with Diamonds which can be found here:

http://amzn.to/1pjksfX

 

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