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Always By D.M. Yates

41yQPuCF+5L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-65,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Before he knew what was coming, April laid both of her hands on the sides of his face as she pressed her lips tightly on his. He instinctively drew her closer and kissed her fervently. Her lips were sweet, perfect, and delicious, and he couldn’t help but kiss her more passionately as she yielded willingly, pushing her body tightly against his. Jasmine filled his nostrils, clouding his mind. He craved more. More of her, more of that delicious scent. He groaned then mumbled, “Kitten.” Shocked over his intense response, Simon forced her arms down.

“April, no. I mean no! You’ve no idea what you’re doing. I forbid this. No more!”

I’ve always been a sucker for reincarnation, mainly because I know of at least two past lives that I have lived. I wrote about my past lives in my own paranormal romance novel, so reading this was a real pleasure.

Simon is thirty-six, a stringent businessman and feels that anything of the heart will only weaken him, emotionally and physically. Yet it’s in his destiny that he fall in love with April. After all, he did write it in his scroll while on the other side.

April is sixteen and wise for her age. She has been in love with Simon since she was a baby. But because of the age difference, she can’t seem to make Simon see that they are destined to be together.

Dixie and Dixon Duff are twins and April is their niece. Dixie and Dixon just so happened to be Simon and April’s children in a former life. Somehow, through the right decisions and the right paths taken in life, and fate, they are all reunited as friends and family. But is it enough to make Simon see that he is following the right path  in life?

This book was  beautifully written and a sweet romance. The author blended the present and past life stories seamlessly, presenting the reader with all the facts so that the reader wouldn’t get lost with all of the secondary characters. I found that even the slightest of details was made by the author to make it easier for the reader.

You won’t be disappointed with this novel. It’s spiritual, loving and beautiful. You won’t want to put it down.

This is the debut novel of this author, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

I give this book 5 stars!

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Why Men Are From Earth And Women Are Not From Venus By Mark Laverdiere

51k5wiL2V9L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-70,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Let’s talk about women. They are gorgeous. They are funny. They are passionate. They can be sexy, engaging, strong. Perhaps most importantly, they are soft and they smell good The best ones will call you on your shit and yell as bond as you do at the flat screen during the game.

They seem so perfect. And then you spend a lot of time with one and you realize…They are not from here.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but what I got made me laugh out loud. And the crazy part was, was that I had to agree with everything in the book. I’m pretty sure this guy is correct…women do come from another planet…or maybe it’s the guys who come from a far distant planet, not the women. Either way, we are like two totally different species trying to get along.

From having listening dyslexia (taking his words and twisting them around until his intentions are lost in translation) to trying to avoid the improvised explosive device that is the wrath of the woman he love, we seem to be making it terribly difficult on these poor guys.

This book gives not only men some insight into the women that they love, but also gives the woman a little insight into how they behave and how to make a man understand you. Because, Lord knows how it pains us that they (men) can’t understand ANYTHING that we say.

For example, women may beat around the bush, dropping subtle hints to the unaware man, hoping that he will catch on. However, it seems men don’t “think about much.” They think about what’s on TV, not about why their woman hasn’t said anything about their new haircut. Half the time they’re not even thinking about what’s on TV either, just watching it mindlessly, and definitely not thinking about what they want for supper.

It really is true that men and women think about different things. A man just thinks about the act of sex, and once it’s over, it’s time to roll over and have a nap…you know, to recover…yet a woman wants to cuddle. See? Totally different planets.

My only beef with this book was that it was labeled as a “romantic comedy for the Alpha male.” While it was funny as hell, it wasn’t a “romantic comedy.” It would fall more into the category of a “self-help” book for understanding the opposite sex.

That being said, I laughed repeatedly, and I think every man and woman on this planet should read this very funny, and very true book. It might just help you to understand why the one you love drives you so completely nuts.

I give this short book 5 stars!

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The Finite Chimps By Tom Conrad

51Ic5CWV9hL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_‘Oo oo wah!’ Dylan Thomas sang some more, now toward both younger chimps, and his animal voice was so full of tangible joy.

William called back to the old alpha male, yet Samuel was somewhat lost in thought, merely gazing at a large oak tree with a sense of awe.

The sight was…sublime.

So tall and thick was the tree, and some innate feeling within urged Samuel Coleridge to climb, and so climb he did, taking to it so effortlessly.

I’ve often wondered what animals who are tested on, whether it be cleaning products, makeup or any other type of common things we use everyday, to testing for intellect (and maybe, hoping to make them smarter), what are those animals thinking as we poke, prod, injure, maim and God-only-knows what else to them? I couldn’t imagine working in a facility that would harm an innocent such as an animal.

The book starts out with the chimps not being able to figure out what the hell it is they are supposed to do. When after more than 50 years, one chimp in particular, Dylan Thomas, is able to make a discernable sentence on his Olivetti typewriter. And so it begins.

Chimp 33, Dylan Thomas as he is affectionately known as, escapes his cage, along with all the other chimps from the facility. The chimps go on a rampage, killing and maiming those that get in their paths.

And, it’s not just the chimps. Birds, deer, spiders and dogs…they begin to be able to communicate with each other, each species no better or worse than the other.

What have the animals, especially the chimps, figured out about mankind?  This book will surely tell you.

This book is completely different from the author’s other works. I daresay that I did like this book, but not as much as his otherwise funnier novels. However, that being said, this book will make you think twice about abusing an animal. How could we do such heinous acts towards our primate cousins? To any animal? They live in such a beautiful world, and mankind sometimes ruins that by being altogether mean. I don’t get it.

If you liked The Planet Of The Apes (newer version) and Doctor Doolittle (with a bit of The Birds and Arachnophobia mixed in as well), then you’ll enjoy this rather dark, but poignant novel. As I mentioned above, while I do prefer the authors other more lighter-style novels, this one is very good.

I give this book 5 stars!

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Santa Wore Combat Boots By Barbara Witek

51RcoVEfu7L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Emma never dreamed that Sarah would have picked up on all of the changes over the years. She tried to be so careful when the kids were around, especially with Sarah, sticking with holiday traditions as much as she dared or as much as her heart could take. Other than the lack of decorations, she never thought her daughter would have noticed the emptiness in her heart.

Emma Turner lives in a tiny house with her two small children, Sarah and Ben. Their father, Larry, was killed in action three years earlier in Iraq. Life has never been the same for Emma…and that includes Christmas. Her Christmas spirit isn’t there, and no amount of Christmas decorations or presents is ever going to bring back her dead husband.

Jake Nicklaus is a fireman who once served with Larry in Iraq. But when a broken leg side-lines Jake, Larry takes his place. When Larry doesn’t make it home, Jake vows to keep Emma and the kids safe.

Larry visits with Emma every Christmas eve. It’s the one time of year that she looks forward to because she can see him, talk to him, feel him. This year, though, she misses her chance to talk with him. With every passing year, she loses more and more of the Christmas spirit. However, she doesn’t know, nor want to bring the Christmas spirit into her house. To her, that would mean moving on, and she’s not ready to “let go” of Larry yet.

Even the children feel their dead father’s presence around them. Sarah even talks to the “soldier”, doing what he asks. In his wake, he always leaves something behind…a few feathers. Whenever he likes/dislikes something, he leaves feathers behind as a symbol that he was there.

Larry also visits Jake, but this year is different. This year, Larry isn’t too happy with Jake and his “idea” of keeping Emma and the kids happy, healthy and safe.

Can Jake bring back the spirit of Christmas into Emma’s heart, into the children’s lives again? Can Emma ever let go of Larry long enough to see what is in front of her?

This book was a feel-good romance for the Christmas season. It had the elements of sexual tension, but there really wasn’t any. He would brush up against her and that area would “warm” to his touch. Maybe a blush would come to her cheeks. But no real sexual tension involved. I was a little disappointed in this area.

All in all, I liked how the author incorporated the ghost into the story, even making him “real” for a short time so that he could speak to his family. His leaving little feathers behind was the author’s way of showing that the ghost was there. However, the ghost left behind the feathers regardless of whether he was angry or happy. That got a little confusing. The ghost at one point pushed Jake down, showing his anger by making it look as if Jake had slipped in the snow/ice, but there were always these little feathers around.

Also, the author never goes into the significance of the feathers. Is this supposed to mean Larry’s an angel? Or that when he died, there was a dead bird beside him? Maybe he killed the bird? No one knows. The story never mentioned the reason behind the feather’s as the ghost’s calling card.

As for the story, it was a little weak. It was a light read, easy for this time of year when everyone is so busy. This book gave me a few tears at the end, a wonderful visual of Larry, and I felt myself falling in love with Jake throughout the book. He was strong, sexy and attentive to the children and Emma. He was the reason that I continued to keep reading. This book would have been better if it was a full length novel rather than a novella-kind.

But, for a sweet holiday romance, I give this book 3 stars.

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Hope For Christmas By Jennifer Hayden

512Ccc7rieL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-62,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_She looked interested, ignoring the shot in front of her. “Is it really like this all year long around here? Because I can’t imagine someone going to that much trouble to decorate and then taking it down in a few weeks.”

“There’s a reason they call this town Noel, Hope Tavener. Christmas is it’s claim to fame–all year long.”

“Dear Lord,” Hope said, and downed the shot in one swallow. She wrinkled her nose in distaste and let out a sigh.

“It’s actually charming if you get used to it.”

“How could anyone possibly get used to it 365 days a year? There are enough Christmas lights in this town to keep God awake in Heaven.”

Hope Tavener is in a small town called Noel in Montana, a place where there is Christmas all year round. She’s there strictly on business for her mother, Holly, a woman who refused to come back to the town even for her own mother’s funeral. Holly is the owner of her mother’s house and the bakery there, and she wants them sold. She entrusted her mother’s friend and neighbour, Agnes, to do the selling. However, Agnes (and her dead friend, Evie) had other plans.

Tucker Reed is the town hunk, bar owner and acting Mayor. He’s an all-around nice guy who looks after his ninety-one year old grandmother (Agnes) as well as helping out whenever/wherever he can. The women of Noel fall down at his feet because of his looks and his nice guy demeanor, but he can’t commit to any of them. To him, none of them are entanglement worthy…that is until he meets Hope. Of course, this little fact doesn’t help her to be popular with the women-folk of Noel.

Hope is staying at her grandmother’s house, but she isn’t alone. Evie has been visiting her, talking to her and scaring the crap out of her. Evie and Agnes have been conspiring for years to get Hope to Noel.  Now that she is finally there, they can set their plan into motion.

What could an old woman and a ghost want with Hope? Will their plans work out or fall flat? Will Hope ever be accepted in Noel?

This book was a real little treat. Christmas is an amazing time of year, but living in a town where there is Christmas carols, Christmas lights on every house and touristy shops that cater to everything Christmas all year round, would seemingly get old after awhile…yet, I found that I might like to visit this place…to maybe even live there.

Tucker and Hope were so amazingly good together and I loved the sexual tension between them. I found myself wondering what Evie’s plans were and why she felt she needed Hope there. I found that I couldn’t put this book down, it was so good.

For a sweet Christmas read this year, Hope For Christmas would be it. 5 stars!

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Four For Christmas By R. G. Alexander

51uiiFDl68L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_There was a part of her that still wanted all the holiday magic to be true. Still knew every carol by heart. Still believed every cliched phrase that told her if she were really good, something amazing would happen to her–that love, like Santa himself, was real. You just had to have faith.

“Yeah, right,” she muttered, wrapping her scarf around her neck and mouth and bracing herself before opening the driver’s side door. “It is not a wonderful life and no, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. There are just people like Connie’s friend Charli, who are never alone, and people like you…who always will be.”

Which was fine with her. Who needed three demanding men always looking over her shoulder? Three men who each wanted all of her attention. It sounded like three potential heartbreaks waiting to happen. And far too kinky and complicated for someone like her to contemplate. Just the physical aspects alone boggled her mind. There were only so many positions after all.

I don’t normally review erotica…mainly because I don’t feel erotica is all that read-worthy most of the time. It’s just a fun escape from time to time with no real connection or storyline. This one, however, was different. It actually had a storyline that drew me in.

Georgia (who is from Louisiana) was on her way to visit her friend Connie, when she becomes stranded in the Colorado mountains with a flat tire. While she’s changing the tire, her dog decides that she has to “go”. Georgia lets the dog out of the car to do her business.

When the dog doesn’t come back, Georgia goes out looking for her. What she finds instead is an unconscious big, broad-shouldered man on an over-turned snowmobile with a sad looking Charlie Brown Christmas tree on the back of it.

She drags snowmobile guy to her car and hoists him in. During a moment when he wakes up momentarily, all he can say to her is that he has to go get the tree. Georgia goes back to get it but is so tired, that she almost passes out. That’s when she meets the snow patrol…

When she finally wakes up, a friendly doctor is watching over her, nursing her back to health. It’s only then that she realizes that snowmobile guy (Flynn), snow patrol guy (Jimmy) and Doc (Chris) are all related…well, sort of…they’re foster brothers, all who escaped the same foster family hell.

Each man vies for her attention, but she doesn’t want just one…she wants them all. But how can she have them all? Her friend Connie told of her friend Charli who had the “Orgy Palace”, who routinely did this sort of thing. It sickened her to think of doing such things, and yet, she couldn’t help but fantasize about each and every one of them, pleasuring her beyond belief.

What makes this story different?

There’s another foster brother who was killed while in the Marines. The guys at the cabin were meeting there because it’s what their “brother” wanted for them to do. From their being together, to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree and the letters from their dead brother (Nick), it had tears flowing down my face.

Yup, you read right…tears. Then there was the second letter from the dead brother. The letters, BTW, were given to the “brothers” by a friend of Nick’s after he died.

This book was more than just hot, steamy sex. It was about fate and love, finding something in herself that she thought she had lost, and about family…even if the family you’re with aren’t blood.

I don’t usually recommend erotic stories but I would recommend this one. 5 stars!

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Hearts Afire By Monique McDonell

41mlL1PRLDL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_“See,” said Lisa, “This is why people don’t cater their own weddings! It’s just too stressful.”

Cassie looked at her sister and shook her head. They were standing in the kitchen of her business, Callahan Catering, surveying the mountains of food that she had prepared in time for today’s wedding reception, her own wedding reception.

“Lisa, getting the food ready was not the stressful part! Having the groom call and cancel the wedding just hours beforehand is the stressful part!”

Cassie Callahan, caterer extraordinaire…jilted before even making it to the altar. Standing in her kitchen, admiring the mounds of food that would go to waste, she doesn’t realize that her sister has left a pot on the stove which sets off the sprinklers, drowning her food…the very food that if she couldn’t use herself, she was going to send to the women’s shelter. Now, even that wasn’t possible.

Jack Urquhart is a fireman who happens to come to the kitchen to put out the fire, and sees a very large amount of wet food and a sopping wet Cassie. When he gets to talking to Cassie, he finds out that this was supposed to be her wedding day, ruined by Angus, her husband-to-be-that-wasn’t by a simple phone call, calling off the wedding.

Of course, she couldn’t do anything about the food, but she could still use her honeymoon…she decides to take her sister with her.

Jack is the Best Man at his friends wedding at a tropical location. He doesn’t really want his friend to marry this girl, but he can’t tell his friend that. He can’t tell him that she lies and cheats and is all around a not nice girl. He can’t tell his friend because they made a pact not to interfere with the others girlfriends. Jack does his best to avoid all contact with his friend’s soon-to-be wife. What he finds is Cassie.

Cassie and Jack keep bumping into each other, setting sparks off each time they come in close contact, but something or someone always manages to get in their way. When Cassie hears some things about Jack that are less than stellar, she decides to leave and pick up the mess that was her life back in the kitchen.

What she comes home to surprises her.

I found this book a little confusing at times. The story itself was ok, but the writing was something else. I usually have a comma problem, using them too much. This book was severely lacking in them. Many a time I had to re-read the passage just to make sure I was indeed reading it right since it was so lacking in the commas. There were missing words and other punctuation problems that made it very difficult to read.

There were some spelling mistakes which made it difficult to read as well. Like he “smelt” her…which should have been, he “smelled” her. Another example, learnt. There were a couple of other ones, but those really stuck out for me.

Also, there times when it went from first person (telling a story) back to third person…but, sometimes the third person seemed a little mixed up as well. Many thoughts should have maybe been in italics so that  it would differ from the regular story.

It was a very predictable story…they just always seemed to be able to find each other. There was some sexual tension, but it could have been more.

I give this book 3 stars.

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