Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston (Iron Clad Security #3)

Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel (Iron-clad Security) by [Halston, Sidney]4 Stars

One thing I love is when a series of books is truly standalone and I can just jump in anywhere and not feel lost. Iron Clad Security is a great example of that, because I had never read a Sidney Halston book prior to Kiss Kiss Bang but I  was able to read this with no sense of loss. Even better is that I actually want to go back and read the other books that are earlier in the series.

The chemistry in this book was real and I LOVE good chemistry. Joey was such a great character and had pretty much every trait I love in a hero. My favorite moments were those where he was interacting with Livie’s daughter Sophie. His immediate love for her was swoonworthy. I had a harder time connecting with Livie. I’m not sure why but it wasn’t enough to detract from the book. I look forward to reading more from Sidney Halston.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

 

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Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by Mike Lowery

Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by [Lowery, Mike] 5 Stars

This is an absolutely fun book with funny little doodles combined with out of this world facts. I enjoyed this a bite at a time though it would be easy to plow through it in a very short time if one wanted. I think a very wide range of people could love this book as much as I did. It’s a joy to look at and very entertaining too. I’m starting a list of gifts to give to people that you don’t know what to buy… and this is going on that list.

So many of the facts were so incredible that I wanted to fact check them. I didn’t check every one, but from what I did I didn’t find any that seemed incorrect. Consider this book if you need a little break in your reading. I certainly enjoyed it.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Cells Are the New Cure by Robin L. Smith & Max Gomez

Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health by [Robin L. Smith, MD, Max Gomez, PhD] 5 Stars

I don’t usually read non-fiction, but when I do I want it to be both informative and hopeful. This book is so much of both that I hope a followup is written in a few years once the various studies are starting to wrap up.

I am definitely a layperson but I do enjoy medicine & science. For the most part this book was easy to follow and understand. A few of the concepts were a bit beyond my grasp, but I still understood the “why” of what was going on even if I didn’t understand exactly “how” things worked. What is important about this book is that it made me excited for the future of medicine. Of the 11 most recent deaths in my family 8 were from cancer and 2 were heart disease. Incredible research is being done on both of those diseases with many of the things they are doing sounding more like science fiction than real life.

If you enjoy science or medicine you should definitely try this book out. I found myself starting conversations with people about the topics I read in this book because the information is too good not to pass on.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (The Diabolic #2)

 4.5 Stars

I really liked The Diabolic when it released last year, and even though it was planned to be a standalone, I was one of those that wanted more from this world. Then, when it was announced that it was going to be a trilogy I was a little worried that she was trying to stretch it too far. Sure, I originally thought that The Diabolic deserved more that one book, but it felt like she hadn’t left much room for the story to continue. I was completely wrong.

The Empress got off to a slow start for me, but that is possibly because I wasn’t giving it my full attention. Once I dove in it felt like the most twisty, heartwrenching book I’ve read in a long time. Then Kincaid threw in the theory of relativity and my nerd heart sang. I don’t even pretend to really understand the theory, just that I know I like it.

That cliffhanger ending was so unexpected. I can’t talk about it because of spoilers, but I just kept hoping that it wasn’t true. The last book doesn’t come out for another year, but I am desperate to find out what happens next. Really desperate.

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If you haven’t started the trilogy then you need to start with The Diabolic.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

3.5 Stars

DON’T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET.

It probably has spoilers in it… but I need to vent.

I’ve rated every book in the Twilight series 5 Stars.  I also rated The Host 5 Stars. I consider myself a fan of Stephenie Meyer and ignore those that despise her “anti feminist” writing. I don’t read her books for a message, I just enjoy the escape they bring. It was obvious when reading Life and Death (a book so forgettable I had to look up its title) that Stephenie’s feelings were hurt by the backlash she received over Edward & Bella’s characterization. She tried to prove herself to her detractors but only ended up disappointing her actual fan base by releasing a book that was pretty sloppy. I thought she learned her lesson with that one. But then she wrote The Chemist.

I truly expected to love this book like I’ve loved her other books. It’s obvious that she’s ready to write again. The plot was good for me, and I was gushing about it to my mom when I first started it. Then the romance started. Instead of having Alex fall for Kevin, the guy that she actually seems to have chemistry with (love-hate, but whatever)… she falls in love with the guy that she LITERALLY tortured but he’s OK with that because he fell in love with her at first sight. I could have accepted Daniel as comic relief, or as part of a love triangle, à la Jacob but NO. It felt like, once again, she was trying to prove that she could write a book where the female character is more powerful than the male and it feels forced. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. The plot was interesting, and by the end of the book I even enjoyed Daniel. But he didn’t work with Alex, and that was a disappointment.

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Pulled Under by Lisa Renee Jones (Walker Security #2)

4 Stars

Asher is perfection and he drew me in from the very first chapter. I don’t think I had a single complaint about him the entire book. He’s hot, tattooed, alpha, ex-military… and the list goes on. Sierra is running from her past and she needs a break.  Asher is everything she needs but she doesn’t want to let him into her life because doing so will make him a target.

Sierra and Asher are good together. I loved the way he took control of her safety and allowed her to have a breather…. even if she didn’t feel like it was safe for him to be with her. He gave her a safety net of people she desperately needed and a place to belong that she could be herself in. She has to decide whether she can accept it or not.

All of that leads me to Jacob the hero in LRJ’s next Walker Security book, Falling Under. He is Sierra’s “security” while Asher is out of town and the epitome of the strong, silent type. I love him already and can’t wait for his book to be here. 

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls

 3.5 Stars

I picked up Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls solely because I just read Third Base and wanted to get to know the authors better. Stephie Walls and Leddy Harper writing together are known as Stella, and Third Base is their debut book together. I enjoyed it so I immediately grabbed copies of each of their new books to try them out individually.

Unexpected Arrivals is an unusual book in that it is told from a male POV for the majority of the book.  I liked this change from the usual, unfortunately, I didn’t start to really enjoy the book until we got to Chelsea’s point of view. Chelsea was a doll and I actually enjoyed her point of view so much that I wished she was the *actual* heroine of the story. Cora annoyed me for the majority of the book. It’s not often that I dislike the heroine, and I wish it wasn’t the case in this one. I eventually warmed up to her, but it wasn’t until my feelings about her had already tainted the first 2/3 of the book. I did enjoy the multiple POVs and the storyline was also something interesting that I hadn’t heard before. My favorite part of the book was when I realized that Cora & Legend made a cameo appearance in Leddy Harper’s The Roommate ‘dis’Agreement. Those parts that I did enjoy were enough to make me want to keep trying Stephie Walls. I bet her next book will be a better fit for me.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

 

 

Title: Unexpected Arrivals
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Coming of Age/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Blurb
It had to
be a joke.
Any minute
now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open,
laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
But nothing
happened.
The words
on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less
accept.
Please consider this letter as a formal request
to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
I barely
remembered Chelsea Airy.
That wasn’t
true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t
heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a
handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth.
There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message,
much less a stork in the last five years.
My wife
could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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Author Bio

 

Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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