What Happens With The Sisters, The Family O'Hara Book 1 by Pepper Lynne – Review

What do you get when you have a large, zany, pure Southern bred family? A family with eight children, all six daughters named after a flower, and “because we don’t hide our crazy,” an eccentric live-in Granny? Well, you get my family, the O’Hara’s.

While it’s not always easy being the second youngest O’Hara sister in this lively bunch, there is never a dull moment. In fact, more often than not, life within the O’Hara household is downright hilarious. From sitting down for Sunday dinners or heaven help us, listening to Granny B’s dating advice, the O’Hara family will not disappoint.

Better yet, what happens when my four outrageous older sisters join forces to take matters into their hands? Let me introduce you to Queen, Lily, Rose, and Violet, along with our illustrious Granny B, each having a colorful personality, dishing out their own ways of taking care of business, Southern Sister Style.

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Pepper Lynne

Pepper Lynne currently lives in Alabama with her husband, 3 dogs, (a 16 year old Pomeranian, 7 year old Golden Retriever and a 1 year old Pyrenees/Border Collie rescue that loves to photo bomb) and 3 children she lovingly refers to as “those people.” Growing up in a large family with 5 sisters and 2 brothers, there was always something to laugh about and is where Pepper attributes her sense of humor and inspiration. Pepper is an avid reader that also loves cooking, hanging out with her family, floating in the pool with friends, doing anything at the beach and watching college football.

We all know once you marry a man, they suddenly begin thinking they are our mommas. Trying to tell us what to do, what to say on the phone, listening and making comments to private conversations we attempt to have with others. And sometimes, they even have the nerve to tell us what to wear. They are always tending. Tending to our business. I don’t know why they do it; just that they do.  When our Momma says, ‘My momma said for me to…’ We know she’s talking about Daddy. I can’t begin to tell you how often I’ve heard Momma telling Daddy or my sisters telling the men in their own lives, that they are n’not their Mommas’, they ‘have a momma and don’t need another one’, or else the men ‘can all go live with their mommas.’

I, one of the youngest of the eight siblings, am Daisy. Yes, I said Daisy. Momma named all us girls after flowers, always telling folks that we were her garden of lovelies. Believe me when I say our parents have a sense of humor. So there’s Queen, Lily, Parker (Lily’s twin brother), Rose Violet, Daisy (myself), Poppy, and Bubba. Yep, we have a Bubba. Living in the South, no matter how hard you fight it, sooner or later, one is going to crop up in every family. Trust me, I think it’s best if you get to pick who it’s going to be. Besides, he’s the baby, so in some odd way I guess that makes it okay.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ‘In the South, we don’t hide our crazy; we put them out on the front porch, give them some sweet tea, and let them wave at everybody.’ Well in case you’ve never heard that or let alone see it, let me tell you about Beulah…

…we were hanging on every word between Mrs. Jones and Momma and at one point, Queen popped Parker on the back of the head, whispering, ‘Stop breathing so loud, we can’t hear… ‘Billy was doing what he could, at my request(Violet’s 6th grade teacher)  to inspire these children on what they could be if they so put their  minds to it. I must add, you would be proud to know that some of my students have great aspirations to go on and better themselves to be politicians, writers, and even the President of the United States. So, Mrs. O’Hara, you can only imagine my utter shock and embarrassment, when Billy asked Violet what she would like to be when she grew up and she answered ‘tawdry.’ (For those of you that don’t know, tawdry is southern for scandalous.) Now, we didn’t get to hear the rest of the conversation because Queen spewed her food across the table, hitting Lily right in the face…

My Review – 

Oh my goodness! If you read through the snippets just now, you know you are in for one heck of a good laugh when you read What Happens with the Sisters. It truly depicts our Southern roots and families and you will be entertained for hours with the stories in this book.

Honest to goodness, you will laugh until you cry so you had better sit down with the box of Kleenex tissues before you even begin reading! Being from the South and all too familiar with the eccentricities of Southern people, I can without a doubt tell you, the author has it going on. Pepper Lynne is from the South and she writes about the typical Southern family, Bubba and all.

I loved the book and if you love Southern humor, this is a good match for you. There were a few grammatical errors in the book, but they did not detract from the story. The writing is really good and funny.

I am rating What Happens with the Sisters five stars, but just know that What Happens with the Sisters is all for sharing in the South.

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Ultimate Betrayal, Revelations by Catrina Courtenay – Review

It didn’t matter that Veronica Harper spent years in the military and then was trained by the best of the best at the FBI. It didn’t matter that she was skilled in hand-to-hand combat or that she was one of the most sought after bodyguards in the industry. When Kincaid got a hold of her, he stripped away everything she thought she was and left her broken and terrified. Questioning her trust in everything and everyone around her, Veronica left Los Angeles, hoping to make a fresh start. Unable to shake her demons, she found help in her neighbor, Dr. Sarah Wells, a Psychology professor at the local university.

Now, she is being forced back to Los Angeles in order to protect Hollywood’s most sought after bad boy, Erik Sinclair. On the cusp of super-stardom, he’s taken the role as a leading man in a major studio film, but someone thinks he doesn’t deserve it. Someone wants to hurt him.

A man with a reputation, Erik Sinclair is known for his talent, chiseled good looks, and the hordes of women clambering for his attention. Recently separated from his longtime girlfriend, he is tired of the typical Hollywood bimbos that he meets, and he sets his sights on the intelligent and sassy Veronica. He’s sexy, protective, and unrelenting in his pursuit of her, but he doesn’t know about the demons that haunt her.

When past and present collide, will Ronnie be able to face the darkness that haunts her and save the only man capable of fixing her?

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Born and raised in New York, Author Catrina Courtenay is a U.S. Veteran, wife, mommy, controller of chaos, domestic engineer and cook. She loves wine, good books, good food and especially anything slathered in Nutella.

Always a storyteller, she enthralled her friend with tales of her wild daydreams involving the latest hot boy band (okay, they weren’t called boy bands back in the 80s. They were called Duran Duran), but she never wrote them down.

She eventually grew up and embarked on a not so exciting career in the military, followed by an exciting career working in IT for a few major U.S. corporations and traveled the world. And instead of meeting in their hometown, she met her husband in Cyberspace while he was in Korea.

Marriage and having a child afforded Catrina more time to read, one of her former passions, and eventually, to begin writing.

With the support of her family, she’s released her first novel, Ultimate Betrayal: Revelations and is working on the follow up – Nightmares.

You can follow Catrina on Twitter @catcourtenay or at www.catrinacourtenay.com

P.S. She still kinda likes Duran Duran.

My Review –

If you are looking for sit-on-the-edge of your chair suspense and romance, this is your book. Ultimate Betrayal was flat-out great! The author did a fantastic job of surprising me throughout the book, and that is actually difficult to do!

I am not a die-hard suspense thriller type fan, and this is not the suspense I’m speaking of at all. This story actually pushed my limits a little and I loved it.

The story surrounds two very broken people and they find rapport with one other when the female lead is hired to guard the up and coming playboy movie star after threats were made on his life. You never know if the sparks are going to fly because of romance or the tires squealing. Ultimate Betrayal also has its share of tender moments.

I thought the storyline was very good and the way the book ended has me literally begging the author for the next installment. That, I wasn’t expecting as I had no idea it wasn’t a stand-alone story. I am really looking forward to the next part of the story!

There were a number of grammatical errors in the book and that normally disrupts my reading. However, I did not notice the usual disruption with the errors and I attribute that to the constant action in the story.

I am going to give Ultimate Betrayal four stars, only because of the errors.

‘Show me the flip you just taught Ronnie.’…’Bring it on, man’ He swipes at the sweat on his upper lip with the pad of his thumb. Wonderful, let the dick measuring begin.

‘Back in the day? Ah, how old are you?’ Erik asks curiously. I never did mention my age. With all his questions about my past, we never got around to discussing that. ‘Thirty-nine.’ He laughs and raises his eyebrows. ‘Hot damn, I got me a cougar!’

When I open my eyes all that I see is the grey steel and concrete underside of the highway overpass. I take a deep breath and the pain shoots through my torso. Perhaps only a few seconds have passed, because when I force myself up, Erik is still standing behind the car door, protecting himself behind the armor plating. My client is still alive.

 

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Nowhere to Hide by Lindsey McKenna – Review

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Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that provides schooling for children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.

Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.
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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!

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Evergreen Springs (Haven Point) by New York Times Bestselling Author RaeAnne Thayne – Review

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR RAEANNE THAYNE DELIVERS THE PERFECT WARMHEARTED TREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS EVERGREEN SPRINGS October 2015

Celebrate the season with the expert of contemporary holiday romance, New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne and EVERGREEN SPRINGS, the third and final book in her Haven Point miniseries set near a rugged Idaho mountainside in a magical lakeside town that has a history of healing the most heartbroken of souls.

When Cole Barrett, a former wild boy rodeo star with a dangerous past, learns of his ex-wife’s sudden death, he knows life will never be the same again. After years of only getting the occasional visit with his son and daughter, aged six and eight, Cole suddenly finds himself with sole custody of these two troubled, hurting kids who have come to Evergreen Springs, his beautiful but isolated ranch, to live with him.

After just a few weeks of life as a full-time single dad, however, Cole knows he’s already in way over his head. With his kids running through housekeepers faster than he can hire them, and unable to take any more time away from his new horse-training business, Cole’s last hope is help from his sister, Tricia, who’s come home bearing her own marital problems. But when the very pregnant Tricia ends up being hospitalized with an ankle injury just before the holidays, a Cole who’s barely hanging on knows only an angel bestowing miracles could keep him from being overwhelmed.

Local family physician and former cancer survivor Dr. Devin Shaw has seen firsthand the miraculous curative powers that the mineral waters of Lake Haven possess…waters that extend to the private hot springs on Cole’s property. The springs would be ideal for treating her elderly patients but the privacy-obsessed Cole is unwilling to share them. So after learning about his situation from her old high school friend Tricia, Devin makes an offer to Cole—in exchange for use of his hot springs for her patients, she’ll help watch his kids and try to provide them with some actual seasonal fun.

But their arrangement becomes far more personal than either of them anticipated. Devin is irresistibly drawn to this troubled but wonderful little family, yearning for a life she fears she’ll never have due to her own scarred background. Meanwhile, Cole can’t keep his mind off the attractive doctor and her magical way with his kids, but he knows the last thing Devin needs is to get mixed up with a bad guy like him.

Cole and Devin both know they’re keeping secrets from each other—secrets that may keep them from finding real happiness for the first time in their lives. But if they’re looking for a holiday miracle to heal the wounds of their pasts, Evergreen Springs is the right place to start…

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.

Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.

RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

My Assessment –

I loved the first two books in this series and was excited to review the third and final book, Evergreen Springs. This story tells Cole and Devin’s story.

In Evergreen Springs, RaeAnne Thayne weaves her romantic magic among the obstacles called life in Evergreen Springs. The scenery is beautiful and the characters lovable along with great writing. If you have already read Snow Angel Cove (Haven Point Book 1)and Redemption Bay (Haven Point)you will absolutely love the final book. I am giving Evergreen Springs five stars. Buy it and enjoy a romantic Christmas season!

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Nowhere to Hide by Lindsay McKenna – Giveaway, Media Blitz


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Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that provides schooling for children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.

Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.

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small jpeg Eileen Nauman aka Lindsay McKenna 4.5 x 7 copyAuthor Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!

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My Favorite Second Chance by Rue, Review

Have you ever wished for a second chance?

The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire–just like their mother always threatened!

Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure, this is the same man who ran out on her over a decade ago, but can she turn her back on a war hero?

Rachel is on the brink of having everything she ever dreamed of, but that’s not how things work out for Hutchinson girls. Her rock-star girlfriend is leaving for a lengthy tour and something is afoot at the bakery. The righteous hand of her mother, Shirley, can orchestrate tribulations from halfway across town.

The sisters think they can run away from their troubles on a quick trip to the heart of Mexico, when an unexpected phone call shatters that illusion.

Filled with intriguing characters, plenty of steamy romance, and exciting plots twists–MY FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE will have you flushed with anticipation, blinking back tears, laughing out loud and cheering for your favorite characters.

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Rue is an award-winning author who graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of North America. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

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My Assessment –

I absolutely loved My Favorite Second Chance. I liked the story line, although if you have an aversion to reading about gay romance, you might want to skip the book or skim over those chapters. If you skip over the chapters, the book would still read smoothly.

It was essentially a story about mothers and daughters, although at the heart of the book was love and romance, which gave each character strength and determination.

The writing was good and I had to laugh when I got to the end of the book. The author did a great job about leaving you in suspense! I wasn’t expecting that! I am on the hunt for the next installment to find out how the story will end.

I am going to give the book 4 stars.

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