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This is Book 1 in the Never Lose Sight Series and the DEBUT RELEASE by brand new author Leigh Robbins and you’d never know she hasn’t been at this for years.

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The book:

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PelicanFreak’s 4-star review:

First of all, this book is very professionally presented and you’d never know it’s a debut release from a new author. The formatting is beautiful and the editing and proofing are really well done. Clearly a lot of work and love went into this book to give it a professional appearance.

If you want the short version:
Likeable. Lots of drama, fun to read. Good characters. Well-edited. Predictable but still addictive.

If you want the detailed version:
Editing/Proofing:
5 stars
Found only a couple minor typos, nothing that distracted from the reading experience.

Formatting:
5 stars
Beautiful!

Cover:
5 stars
I love that it’s not quite like every other romance cover out there. It’s pretty and still relevant.
(Also: The title is perfection! It describes the book simply in both metaphorical and literal senses.)

Continuity:
4 stars

Character design:
4 stars
Characters are fairly well done. Not always perfect continuity with the personalities but it’s Book 1 in a series and they’ve got room to grow. Still the reader gets at least the gist of who they are and a bit of what they’ve been through. Perceptive readers probably get a peek into what’s to come for the other characters too.

POV:
5 stars
The reader is treated to rotating POVs, first person. There’s never any confusion as to who is speaking, it’s done flawlessly.

The Story:

The book started out FULL of action, drama, regret and pain. It is a brilliantly tragic opening and sucked me right in. That’s about all of the military action there is, however the lives of the main characters are forever changed as a result of those moments so I’d still say it’s okay to deem this a military romance or military drama.

From the first few pages, I can easily predict how the whole book will play out, so I won’t give any originality or unpredictability points, but that’s 99% of media these days. What matters is that despite this, I wasn’t bored. In fact, I was hooked – I liked the characters and wanted to know all that I could about them. I love that baking and cooking are prevalent and the MCs all move to the South. These are all things I could relate to and just made it that much more dynamic and fun to follow, with little side adventures and food to dream about. 🙂

Some of the sex scenes… they’d start out with plenty of heat but inevitably there’d by a cheesy line or something that I just couldn’t quite get into. I did overall appreciate the sex scenes though, for not exactly being the same old that I usually find. Robbins manages to describe them a bit differently than everyone else, which is refreshing.

The last fifteen percent or so kind of dragged for me. After being so hooked and unable to put it down for the first seventy-plus percent, it took me a little effort to get through it. I probably could take or leave the last bit. But ultimately am really impressed that this is a debut novel, it seems Robbins is a natural and I hope she keeps writing. She’s made me a fan.

I’d give the story… somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars for keeping me hooked, but lacking originality. Overall, I’d give the book as a whole 4 stars.

 

This is such a great read and seriously underrated. It’s from a brilliant new author, who I seriously hope keeps writing. Left me wanting more. Highly recommend giving it a chance.

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Forced to be fake, they fight to get real.

Penny Sparrow is trapped in a lie. She’s a Strowler, a wanderer, forced to live as a Bleater, an ordinary person, for the sake of her family. Rebellion against her fake life leads to more misery as she’s bullied at school and suppressed at home. She makes an ally when she meets Lennon. This ragged street hustler is actually the heir of the Two Dragon Clan and the descendant of a powerful dragon. Murderous relatives have forced him into hiding. The two teens become friends, and perhaps something more, but will the laws of the Crossroads and the demands of a dragon tear them apart?

The World of the Crossroads

The Crossroads series chronicles a secret society of warriors, wanderers, beggars, and assassins. Opposing clans fight for supremacy, some with martial prowess and others with paranormal abilities. Penny is an outcast, shunned for her parents’ deeds. Lennon was born to rule, but murder and deceit put him on a quest for vengeance. Their enemies are powerful and the truth of what happened to their families could tear them apart. Meanwhile, a dragon with his own agenda watches over them all.

Pelican Freak’s 5-star review

I read this book a while ago and just realized I hadn’t posted a review.
This book’s actually been on my mind, which is what made me realize I should post a review… months after finishing it, this sage and its characters are still on my mind.

The characters are complex – even for teenagers, which the mains are. I’m very attached to both of them and very much admire them as people. Even though they’re still young, they know who they are and mostly what they want out of life. They’re both secure in their values and wise beyond their years due to having to grow up fast. Down to earth. You’ll love to root for them and hate on their oppressors.

The author does a brilliant job of alternating the point of views. There’s no confusion, and it doesn’t get boring or leave me hanging – she times it perfectly and makes the transitions perfectly.
The story has some action, plenty of drama, some scandal, a bit of mystery, and some fantasy and probably more that I’m leaving out.
In other words, there’s something for everyone.

I find the cover to be professionally designed and relevant and the formatting/editing to be well done and professional. Very easy on the eyes.
I’m dying for more of this series and I truly hope Saltis keeps writing whether it’s to satisfy my own need for more of these characters or to bring new ones into the world.
5 stars all the way.

The Book:

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In the fourth installment of the bestselling Station series, Piper Willow finds herself not only struggling to juggle her new responsibilities as a Mentor, but her love life as well. After the Station loses one of its own, Piper’s past returns, and she realizes that the happiness she seeks out for herself and her friends may come with a steep price. As her world changes and crashes down around her, Piper realizes that love isn’t meant to be easy in the afterlife, and that happiness can’t last forever…or can it?

 

Pelican Freak’s 5-star Review:

Cover: Professional and fitting with the rest of the series, no complaints.

Editing/Proofing: Professionally done. No distractions from the reading experience, good continuity, etc.

Formatting: Unable to comment as I was provided with an advanced reader’s copy in order to evaluate the book.

I’m a long time, huge fan of Dawson. I enjoy the Station series an all the little novellas (teasers as I call them) she also put out while we waited for this, fourth installment of the series. As always with Dawson, it did leave me wanting more which drives me nuts because historically there’s a lot of time in between her books. But – this one isn’t killing me. I want more, more out of curiosity and attachment to the characters than a burning need to know (which is what I have going on with her Find Me series – she is KILLING me).

Piper is still true to character and her situations with Sloan and Rush, respectively, went as predicted – in a satisfying way if that makes sense.

The book’s prologue is a great refresher for the series, which was much-appreciated since it’s been so long since #3.

Early into the book, we are shown Bug’s story – Piper shares it with the reader and it is profoundly heartbreaking. I rarely get any real feels from fiction – but this was so well done, and sadly, so true to life for so many people today – that it physically hurt, as I ready the heart-wrenching details. I was impressed with Dawson’s ability to draw that out of me and as sad as the scene was, I found it to be brilliantly and perfectly executed. Now I was emotionally invested (as if I wasn’t already with this whole series). Pay attention to Bug’s story, because it contains a very important message that we need to remember when back to reality.

Piper is both kind of wise beyond her years and at times, still kind of a boy-crazy teenager so that dichotomy is fun to read, as it was in the rest of the books too. For all the serious, Dawson brilliantly arranges some fun as well.

Overall the book fits well with the rest of the series; I don’t think it’s my favorite installment, I think Book 1 still is, as it’s the one that hooked me, but it’s very well done and did not disappoint even after the long wait for it.

I also enjoyed something Rush said that most people would do well to remember:
“…every failrure leads to a more fulfilling success.”
Words to live by.

Anyway- well done. No complaints, wouldn’t change anything and see no reason to rate this any less than five stars.

Title:  Irresistible
Author: Tara Vasser
Cover Design: Laura Hidalgo
A Beyond DEF Production

SYNOPSIS

The opportunity of a lifetime…


With the chance to jumpstart her archaeology career, Nora embarks on a trip to Italy, where she unearths more than she bargained for.


An insatiable thirst for revenge…


Endre, an 1100-year-old Vampire, is hell-bent on ridding the world of Lorenzo—the “friend” who betrayed him and left him in a grave for the better part of a century.


When Nora is forced to accompany Endre to Paris on his quest for vengeance, she is thrust into his dark and forbidden world and finds herself drawn to the irresistible monster—even at the cost of losing herself along the way.


In a tale of deception, desire, and vindication, Irresistible will have readers gripping their nails as they dive into the bloodthirsty lives of Endre and Nora.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tara lives in the frozen north in Minnesota with her wonderful husband and two rambunctious little dudes. She is an engineer during the day, a crazy mom in the afternoon, and a writer at night. She enjoys spending her time playing in the dirt when her gardens aren’t covered in snow and listening to a wide variety of music that inspires her writing – sometimes doing both at the same time.  

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Detective Stan Brookshire is back in the fifth book in his series! The Widowmaker is one twisted killer, and the book by the same title will not be at .99 for long!

Grab it while the #special #preorder price is in effect here: http://amzn.to/1YYqJhp

 

A fifteen year-old unsolved case is still causing problems – this time in Homicide Detective Stan Brookshire’s backyard. Newlyweds seem to be an endangered species in and around Lake City. What evidence there is, lies with a small-town sheriff and may or may not have been gathered and handled properly. Stan can only hope to make sense of what’s been left behind and apply it to the recent case before more innocent lives are lost.

Meanwhile, Father Jaime cannot remember anything for entire periods of time… periods that happen to coincide with the times that the murders took place. He is tormented by this and has come to doubt even himself. Can he trust this big city cop to handle this information with an open mind? Or will he immediately be persecuted? He worries the whole town will look bad, having worshipped under a potential killer all these years…

It’s up to Stan and Jane to get to the bottom of the murders before the killer strikes again. This time, they need help from the outside – will they get to the bottom of this, or will they take the easy bait destroying more lives in their wake?

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The Tiger Always Eats Last: A John Webster Novel Book 4, by Joel Mark Harris

The Book:

http://amzn.to/1YzDidD

 

Pelican Freak’s 5-Star Review:

Investigative Journalist John Webster is back and this time he’s managed to witness a gory murder… he is unable to let go and stays on the case despite his doctor recommending he back of after it takes a toll on his health.

The toll on his health might be greater than he thinks… Naturally being an investigative reporter has some drawbacks and causes one to make enemies along the way…

Webster is a brilliantly complex character – he bounces between doing anything it takes to get the story, lying and scheming to showing a human side, struggling with what he does and empathizing with the victims. In one instant, it’s easy to hate him and in the next he’s totally likable and I’m rooting for him. While he comes off as kind of … an ass at times – deep down he does seem good so there is a desire to see him persevere.

His penchant for getting himself into trouble always makes for a fascinating read. He seems to make friends easily and enemies more easily – reading this series is never dull. One could read in or out of order – each is its own adventure.
Highly recommend this series to anyone who likes mystery… or action…

it’s very fast-paced and doesn’t require a massive time investment.

Introducing Anne Conley’s latest release, Click, Book #3 in the Pierce Securities series.  Now available at Amazon, and other retailers soon!
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Jake Callahan has a problem, and the only people who can fix it are the guys with Pierce Securities.  Except Jake needs a woman.  Miriam Bartoli will happily play the part of a sexy woman to get what the client needs, especially since playing mom to an office full of alpha males and recent surgery has wreaked havoc on her femininity.  Can she fight her attraction with the target long enough to get what the client needs?  Or will this case of mistaken identity and clicking with the wrong man be the end of her?

EXCERPT

“What’s perfect?”


“This right here.  The stars.  Aren’t they beautiful?”  She glanced over to find Jake staring at her.

“You’re beautiful.”

His hand cupped her neck and he came in close.  “Can I?”

Miriam didn’t respond.  She licked her lips as if they weren’t listening to her brain, which was emphatically yelling at her to stop this.

Jake obviously wasn’t listening to her internal monologue as his lips captured hers in a tentative kiss.  

Her brain reminded her he was an asshole at the bar, he’d given her coke yesterday, he was mixed up in Tres Lobos, and he stole from his parents.  It was screaming at her that this was a bad idea.
But at the touch of his lips on hers, the lizard part of her brain—the part which was just made to eat, sleep, and have sex—told her to go for it.  She whimpered into his lips in defeat, and his arms went around her waist, pulling her close as he deepened the kiss.  Jake’s lips were soft, his mouth warm, and the aftershave exquisite.  She didn’t want him to ever let her go.

“Oh my God,” she breathed at him between kisses.  His tongue delved into her mouth, but before she lost herself completely, she pulled back.  “We can’t do this.”

He kissed her again, muttering against her mouth, “Why not?”

“I can think of half a dozen reasons off the top of my head.”

That seemed to stop him, but he didn’t let go of her.  Jake just looked at her quizzically, as if he saw absolutely nothing wrong with the fact they were kissing.  He apparently didn’t realize he had a dual personality and was a complete shit half the time he existed.  He finally looked up, taking a deep breath.  When he refocused on her, his eyes hardened into something wild. Something feral.  Something passionate.  And a little scary.

“Blame it on the stars,” was all he said before his mouth captured hers again.  This kiss was different from the first.  Where the first one was tentative \ and exploratory, this kiss was devouring.  It was like he’d gotten a taste of nirvana and craved more.  It was heady, the way his tongue was mating with hers in a fiery kiss that was quickly undoing her cell by cell.  Her last coherent thought was that Simon was going to kill her.

Check out the other books in this series, Craze and Wire:

Craze:  When Krista catches her boss doing the unthinkable, the only thing she can do is run. Straight into the arms of the eye-candy she’s been trying not to flirt with on her lunch break. But whose side is he on? 

Ryan’s security firm is having a hard time getting off the ground, and this may be just the job to help the company out. But pseudo-bounty hunter isn’t really what Pierce Securities is trying to get a name for. When he finds out their target is the classy lady from the park, all of Ryan’s senses go on high alert. What do these men want with her? 

Krista is forced into Ryan’s sanctuary in the woods, where she realizes just how wild he is, but she doesn’t want to tame him. He may feel his methods of protection endangered her, but without Krista in his life, Ryan is crazed. 

Wire:  Evan Rocco has been a hero to Paige Lawson for as long as she could remember. So when she runs into him in a bar after a major professional coup, she’s feeling celebratory and reckless. But it can’t go anywhere, because after all, he’s Evan freaking Rocco. But when her gaming company gets into trouble, there’s only one man she can turn to. 


Evan can’t get the woman who disappeared after their one-night-stand six months ago out of his head. He’d honestly thought there was more between them besides just sex—a connection he’d never felt before. When PSL, his favorite software game company is in trouble, he jumps at the chance to help them solve the mystery behind The Crimson Lady and get his mind off the woman of his dreams. 

When he realizes who the CEO of PSL actually is, he has to get over his own issues or else he’ll put the one woman in danger he never wanted to hurt.