Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review - To Sin with a Viking by Michelle Willingham


To Sin With A Viking
By Michelle Willingham
Publisher: Harlequin
Publish Date: July 23, 2013

 Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland, with his wife to find a new home, but never expected himself to be held captive by a waif of a woman, Caragh O Brannon.   Her clan was suffering starvation from a famine.  She thought she was saving them from destruction by the Vikings, but found herself drawn to one angry Viking.
As the story unfolds and Styr finds himself more and more drawn to the woman who captured him ,but he is duty bound to honor his vows to his Viking bride.  Ms. Willingham does an excellent job in presenting a believable story as to why they might be able to further their relationship. 
Although I feel it was a beautifully written story and one that truly touches the heart, I felt the sex scenes to be a bit on the graphic side.  Even though at one point there was a scene with no intimacy, I felt it was essentially not appropriate when the rest of the book was about honor and protection of Styr’s wife. 
I enjoyed the storyline very much, but this will not be a book that I will keep on my reread list.  Definitely an adult content book.  This is not normally a book that I would have chosen to read, however I do enjoy historical romantic stories about Vikings and the Irish.   

 Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Penguin Group Viking, through Netgalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Review - The Never List by Koethi Zan







The Never List
By Koethi Zan
Publisher Penguin Group Viking
Release Date: 7/16/ 2013

Best friends since childhood,  Sarah and Jennifer kept a “Never List” of things they would not do in order to keep safe.   One night they let their guard down in a cab ride that forever changed their lives.  For the next 3 years they were held captive by Jack Derber, in a basement with 2 other girls.  He physically and mentally tortured them to break their will. 
For ten years Sarah has been living the life of a recluse, struggling to live a normal life while trying to deal with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of the cellar alive.  Jack, her abductor is up for parole and she realizes she must do all she can to insure he never makes parole.  She travels cross-country facing her fears and the other survivors, while uncovering a mystery filled with BDSM, Cults and torture.

This is a fast paced, captivating thriller.  I found myself forgetting to breathe from the suspense as I turned the pages of this book.  I was hooked from page one.  This is not a book for the faint of heart but if you like a suspense filled thriller, this is a must read. It has been a long time since I have read such an intense thriller.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Penguin Group Viking, through Netgalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Review - Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel

Blood and Bone
By: Don Hoesel
Publisher:  Bethany House
 
Jack Hawthorne and Espy finally marry, settle down and have a family.  One of their boys has cystic fibrosis.  They deal with their son’s illness as a family in a quiet way.  However one phone returns them to a life on the run all because of the Prophet Elisha’s bones that he and Espy had buried in the outback of Australia a decade before.  Their sons are abducted and the only way to ensure their safety is to return the bones. However, when they return to Australia for the bones, they are gone.  They journey across the globe following ancient clues to find the bones so they can reclaim their sons.
Blood and Bone is full of suspense, intrigue, and mystery with a little romance thrown in.  Jack and Espy find things out about their lives, beliefs and faith as they put the pieces of the puzzle together.  Although the fast paced suspense kept me turning the pages, it was the love for their sons that stole my heart. 
I would highly recommend this book if you like a great mystery with a lot of suspense.  It will leave you wondering if in fact this is fiction or if there really is a society that protects Biblical artifacts.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review-A woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice-Leighann McCoy

A Woman’s Guide to Hearing God’s Voice
Leighann McCoy
Publisher:  Bethany House
This Book will reveal:
·         How to hear and respond to the voice of God in everything in your life
·         What to do when God’s promise don’t line up with your reality
·         How God uses your struggles to reveal more of His power and His love
Have you ever longed to hear God’s voice like the prophets of old?  Have you ever just wanted Him to answer your prayer in a way you would know it is Him speaking to you?  Several of these questions will be addressed and answered in the pages of this book.  Ms. McCoy teaches us through the scripture how to listen for God’s voice through His Word and through comments from people we come in contact with. 
Ms. McCoy shows God’s way of speaking by revisiting stories we have often read in the Bible about Abram, Jacob, Joseph, just to name a few, and then show how they relate to today’s situations.  It was a wonderful experience to go back and reread these scriptures and see them in a new way. 
The opportunity to read this book could not have come at a better time for me.  I have been going through a valley of rain in my life and often felt that God was no longer speaking to me.  Reading this book has renewed my spirit .  One of the things I learned while reading this book is, I often evaluate and measure each circumstance to see if God was going to come through for me in my way when I need to step back and let God deliver what He has promised in His time. 
I would highly recommend this book especially if you are going through trials in your life or just need a reminder that God is still in control.  I did have one disappointment; I wish it had been written using the KJV Bible. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House Publishing   blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Review-Unseen by Karin Slaughter


 
Unseen
By:
Karin Slaughter
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group- Bantam Dell
Release Date:  July 2, 2013

 Will Trent an agent for the GBI  goes undercover as a Bill Black in the drug dealer world.  He is working his way to the top to find the head drug dealer Big Whitey. 
 Lena Adams is a detective for the Macon Police Department and her husband is a motorcycle cop.  Lena led an unsuccessful attack on a drug house in hopes of catching the elusive Big Whitey.  A few days later she and her husband were brutally attacked in their home.  Many believed it was Lena’s fault for the attack.  To weave a little more intrigue into the mix, Will’s girlfriend, Dr.  Sara Linton is Jared’s stepmother.  Sara hates Lena and if Will told her he was helping Lena it just might end their relationship.
This is an intricately woven mystery with 3 distinct views vacillating between present and past.  The twists and turns keep you turning to pages to find out who Big Whitey was or even if he existed. 
I would recommend this book because it has a great plot and doesn’t lag and wane. The characters catch your attention from page one through the last page.  Although this is the first book I have read by Ms. Slaughter, I am looking forward to reading others by her.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell, through Netgalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.