Finding Purpose: Colorado Veterans book 1 by Tiffani Lynn

5 Stars

By Krystal Amora

This book struck a chord with me that I’m not sure I can explain to someone. The amount of emotion I felt reading this book caused me to cry for the first few chapters.  My dad is a wounded vet that was injured while he was deployed.  He had shrapnel in his knees, has had multiple surgeries and never talks about his time in the service or the fact he is a Purple Heart recipient. I guess the best way I can say is I could see this playing out in real life and the amount of emotion was almost debilitating for me.  I have the utmost respect for our men and women who serve this country every day to protect the freedom we all enjoy.

As I continued to read about Judson and Quinn I found myself engrossed in the words and eager to flip to the next page.  When we meet Judson for the first time he is in a hospital after his SEAL team encountered an IED that has taken one of Judson’s legs.  He is trying to comprehend what is going on.  Quinn is by his side for the first few weeks of his hospital stay.

I don’t want to give much away because this story is a journey of personal growth, acceptance and exorcise ones’ demons to live life to its fullest.  I can’t imagine what it is like to have PTSD or the type of person it takes to stand strong and be there for the support they need. As you can guess Judson will need a lot of support to make it through to find his purpose in this life.

Quinn has exorcised her demons before we meet her in this book but we learn how Judson was there for her and saved her life.  She has grown into a strong, independent woman who doesn’t want to get married because she is not able to have children.

These two have been in love with each other for 11 years and have been there for each other during their lowest points.  Tiffiny Lynn has started a series that shows the struggle our men and women face when they come home back from a deployment to the daily grind. I’m not sure how she can write with so much emotion as bring on these incredible journeys.

If you are looking for a story that is full of emotions then this is the book for you.  I am eager to read the next installment in this series.  I have no doubt this will be as emotionally charged as this book.

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Day 31 by Kane Caldwell

5 stars

by Krystal Amora

Another great book by Kane. This book is such a good read that I finished it in one sitting.  It has been a while since I was eager enough to read for an entire day.

We get to meet Callen, 38-year-old, IT guy who was a manager for a successful company.  He is currently a patient in a mental institution after he tried to commit suicide after the death of his wife.  He has demons that he needs to exorcise in order to be able to function in society.   He has been put into a new program at Mountain Bay health care facility called the Visiting Program which is ran by Dr. Meyer.  The goal is to help the patient prepare to get back into the routing of everyday life.

Now we meet Noelle Anderson, who is Callen’s visitor for the program.  She is a 22-year-old daughter of a pastor and is very innocent (has not given up her V card).  We get the sense that she did not randomly pick this program to help people as she has stated to Callen.  As the story progresses we get to learn about her family life and her dislike for her father.

As we move through the story we can see things progress rapidly with Noelle and Callen with the lingering feeling something isn’t right.  The intrigue around why Callen is so distressed and why Noelle is there in the first place.  Is there a connection between these two?  What secrets are they both hiding and will they be able to overcome them?

I don’t want to get into anymore of the story line because I don’t want to spoil it.  There is a lot of intrigue around Callen’s wife death and the life she was leading.

Mr. Caldwell has painted a portrait of a broken man that was not able to handle the death of his wife and the proverbial good girl.  The complexity and difficult subject matter we have grown to love in Kane’s characters had this reader on the edge of her seat trying to figure out where the story was going.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good solid read.

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The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire

5 stars by Krystal Amora

For the first time I’m not sure I can provide an adequate review for this mind blowing book.  The amount of details about Yoga, Native American culture and Spiritual healing was remarkable and provided the perfect backdrop to see how a narcissistic ego of our main character Nico would function in a society today.  We tend to believe and trust people that have a perceived position of power which causes us to not think clearly and make bad decisions.

Throughout this book keeping track of all of the smart, talented and successful women Nico was with was difficult at best.  I kept thinking how can you be so naïve to think he is only with you and loves you.  The pattern of behavior had me scratching my head the entire time.  Then I learned about cording (fascinating by the way) and what the impact is on an individual.  The pull is extremely difficult to deny and hard to escape.

I will admit the topic is way over my head when it comes to healers and yoga but this book keeps me engaged anyway.  The intensity of this book is like nothing I have experienced to date.  I can only speculate that yoga has a dark seedy side that can persuade people to go against their better judgment with what I can describe as magic and potions.  Luna was a main character throughout the book and I got a sense she was able to keep Nico calm most of the time.  She was the only one who didn’t have a physical relationship with Nico and was able to keep the clearest head on her shoulders.  Her saving grace also was she was married.   I have my own theories on why but I won’t put that in my review.

Here is what I can say.  Nico was able to find women he thought could further his dreams of fame and fortune.  When they were slow or didn’t follow thru (his perception) then you got to see another side of him.  The he got into a downhill spiral that he was not able to recover from.  I can only imagine what it would be like to be with a person who can change on a dime and be soft, sweet, attentive and provide so much pleasure to only turn around and become uncontrollable.

If you are looking for psychological thriller, then this is for you.  I will caution you if you are looking for HEA this is not going to fill that need.

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The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely

5 Stars

By Krystal Amora

Lauren has delivered another bundle of joy for her readers.  The Knocked Up Plan is a fun read that left this reader with a warm heart and a need to have a tissue box handy.  This is not a sappy chick flick kind of book but there are moments when I just couldn’t help feeling sad for Nicole.  I must also tell you I spent much of the time laughing.  There were also moments when you wanted to smack them upside the head and say WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!!!

This is the first book that I have shared the plot to and read some of the lines out loud to my husband.  I would be sitting there chuckling and he would ask what was so funny and I would read the passage.  Let me tell you he just looked at me with a confused look on his face and didn’t even crack a smile.  He has no clue why I continue to read these books (shhhh being male and all he doesn’t understand the NEED to read).

We get to meet Nicole when she is going to tell her friends she has decided to have a child.  It is the one thing she wants more than anything and she is going to do it on her own.  She works for Hanky Panky Love (hahaha love this name), the dating division of media company.  She writes a column and has a radio show on giving advice to women about sex and dating.

Ryder Lockhart works for the same company any Nicole and they have been friends for the year he has worked there.  Ryder does the same thing as Nicole only for men.  He was married but is not divorced.  His ex-wife had many affairs and was a sex addict.  We get to learn how he found out and what went through his head during that time.  Ryder is the type of man we all wish we can find.  He takes his vows seriously so he felt very betrayed when he found out about her cheating.  Divorce was his only option.

Nicole believe she is broken because she has not found love and believes she isn’t capable of feeling that way for a man.  Ryder doesn’t want to put his heart on the line again because he doesn’t want to get hurt.  What happens when these two decide to work together to reach a common goal?  You are going to have to read to find out.

As a reader you almost dread picking up a romance book because they are all the same—find love; loose love; make up.  Not in Lauren books.  Her writing style is fun and flow seamlessly.  It is fun to read text conversations between the characters; get to read what is going on in the character’s head or read their top 5 lists to decide how to proceed next.  A lot of time the characters are on the same page and don’t even know it.  The complexity of the story line seems to flow naturally through the pages and keeps the reader interested.

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Redemption’s Inferno by Kat Mizera

5 Star

By Krystal Amora

This is my favorite book of Kat’s so far.  I have loved them all but this one seems to be the one I was most anticipating.  Emilie and Chain’s story…. AWESOME

We met Emilie in the Sidewinder series and there has always been some sort of dark secret she has been keeping.  Whatever it is has been eating her alive.  Simone, Emilie and Viggo’s daughter drove away her demons for a while but now they are back with a vengeance.  What can be so horrible that you would leave your family to turn yourself into the police?  Hahaha not going to tell you.

This story revolves around two people who have been living with a horrible past.  Emilie needed someone to love her while Chains (Daryl) needs to let go of the fear of something happening to someone he would love.

Emilie decides to head to London to exorcise her demons and puts herself into a very dangerous situation.  She is rescued by Chains and taken to his mums house to see if they can figure out what happened.  At this point she is hell bent on being punished.

Chains on the other hand is willing to help her find the answers that she seeks but wants to keep her at arm’s length.  His mum explains Emilie only needs someone to love her and she will open up.  He does just that and finds he needs her as much as he needs him.

Just when you think this story is going to be easy Kat throws a curve ball when there have been several incidents of vandalism.  There is someone wanting to send them a message.  Chains believe it is his past that is haunting him but can’t prove a thing.  This is his worst nightmare.

Why did I like this story better than all of the others?  Not sure really I have been wondering about Emilie for many books now.  I was hoping it was Dante but surprise it isn’t her love.  There is something that intrigued me about her and I’m glad this complicated story was told.  There are many twists and turns along with mystery, murder, intrigue and a ending that brought together at least one of the books in the Sidewinder series.  I thought we had most of the answers but Kat throws us a curveball here.

This was a fun read and I had a hard time putting it down. If you love Kat’s books then don’t miss this one.

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Faolan’s Mark (The Spirit Weaver Series Volume 1) By Megan Smith

5 Stars

By Krystal Amora

I have no idea where to start with this review.  This is hands down the most complex story I have ever read and it is a long journey.

The story starts with Emilie leaving the Academy of Setrall and heading home to see her mother.  On her way in the carriage they stop for the night in Garthal.  During this stop Emilie is told that she will not be going home and will be staying there with Jeddlin.  He quickly puts her in a cell for the night to keep her from running away.  That night there is an attack on the old jail where she is being held.

Fearing someone will kill her she hides under the bed in her cell. Someone opens the door and steps in.  After the man looks around he leaves her cell, not seeing her.  She waits for a while and then sneaks out into the town.  As she is trying to escape she comes across some pirates that chase her.  This is where she meets the assassin Wolf.

Wolf is a member of the Assissins Guild.  He has been hired to kill Jeddlin, or so we think.   Wolf is very secretive and seems to be a loaner in the world. Basically he is paid to kill people.  We learn that he usually picks his jobs and tries to only kill bad men.

Emilie convinces the assassin to take her home safely.  This is where the adventure begins.  The complexity of the main characters along with the all of the people they meet. This story has many twist turns with magic, mage, vampires that cross 5 kingdoms, kings, priest and noblemen.  There appears to be a tangled web of lies and deceit between the characters and it takes some concentration to keep the story straight.

On their adventure Emilie learns she is a mage and so is her mother both of which are being tracked for their powers.  Along their journey they meet Rayden (High priest mage), Lucan, Necoss, Dallan, Lylla (Emilie’s mother), Zoran, Kearn.  This group is all traveling to get the stone and key that will help them reseal Harisma an island that is said to be the home of the devil.

As we move through the story we learn bits and pieces concerning the prophecy and why should fulfill it.  To me we don’t get the entire story but it is a good start.  The ending of this book is fitting but definitely needing to finish the story.  I didn’t get a good sense that I can figure out what is going on with all of the players and has me intrigue to read the next installment.  This book reminds me of a kind of Lord of the Rings type journey where there are different story lines at play.

If you like a journey with many characters that all have their own stories, secrets and lies then this book is for you.  I only hope there is another installment to put me out of my misery of wondering what happens next.

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Do as Daddy Says by Haley Monroe

5 star

By Krystal Amora

Another fun read from Haley.  This book takes us on another date with Richard and Brynn.  I would not call these short stories a series we are getting to watch the relationship grow between these 2 characters.

This time we get more of a glimpse of what their regular life could potentially be like, Brynn is just getting off work when Richard sends a text to meet him at the mall.  This is where their date night adventure begins.  Richard is taking Brynn to the carnival.  First though she needs a new outfit. The detail description of what goes on one of the mall stores had this reader laughing and fanning myself.

Before you get too worried about the carnival I should tell you that this is not a carnival in the normal sense this one is called the Carnival of Kink.  I’m not saying anything more than that.  This adventure gets the juices flowing for anyone who reads.

Haley has a way of making the readers be in the story and showing how beautiful a DD/LG relationship is and the trust that is needed to make it successful and lasting.  Although it is just a fantasy there is a need in all of us to want a loving, protected relationship like the ones she writes about.

These are short novellas that are fun to read.

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