Daughters of the Bride
Susan Mallery has done it once again! She has beautifully created another novel that is heart-melting, exciting and unforgettable. The characters instantly stand out to readers. The way Mallery has developed her characters is astonishing. They feel so real and they appear more three-dimensional, rather than just words on a page. Readers will feel their hearts pounding loudly as they race to read this new title. Daughters of the Bride by Mallery has it all: Secrets, suspense, and hot romance.
Mallery’s novels are a must-read. Three young women have lives of their own and when it comes to their mother’s wedding, it all starts to unravel. A misfit, a free spirit and a cynic make for an interesting group of sisters that will entice readers on every page. Uncertainty, surprises, and forgiveness are woven into this intriguing story. From an affair to a surprise engagement to second chances, Mallery has covered it all. The daughters of the bride will have a lot to juggle by the time their mother marries. Will they find their happy endings, or will they find themselves feeling miserable forever? I am a huge of Mallery’s novels, but this one tops them all. I loved reading this cast of characters and following them on their journeys. Readers won’t be able to stop reading this book. Overall, I highly recommend Daughters of the Bride to all readers.
July 12th 2016
The Darkest Torment
I know many people are probably screaming and wondering why the latest installment to the Lords of the Underworld happens to focus on Baden. I happen to be in the few minority of people who was excited that it was Baden and I knew I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Darkest Torment.
Gena Showalter once again proves to loyal PNR fans on why we need to read her books. Ms. Showalter not only gave readers a story to get lost in but she delivered a story that exceeded my expectation. She held me hostage as I was immersed into a whole new world where my main focus was on Baden and Katrina. The outside world did not exist as Ms. Showalter beautifully tormented our imaginations with this intense burning passion brewing between them. Two lives clashed and collided and in the end readers are left stunned and begging for more. So if you are looking for a story where action, suspense, darkness, grittiness, and passion are intricately weaved into a story then this book is for you. As always, Ms. Showalter’s wicked prose and raw story line will keep readers of this series entertained and begging for the next installment, The Darkest Promise.
The Wedding Sisters
Jamie Brenner invites her readers to one wedding of a lifetime or in this case, to the three weddings of the Becker sisters. It’s always been a mother’s dream to see her daughter get married but what happens when all three of her daughters find themselves getting engaged around the same time to prominent males. Meryl Becker and her husband, Hugh, knew financially that they couldn’t afford three separate weddings and so why not have one big grand wedding. Well seems to be a logical plan but nothing goes as plan as chaos, secrets and everything begins to unravel. As the big day approaches, will everyone be walking down the aisle to happily ever after?
The Wedding Sisters by Jamie Brenner was a refreshing, emotional and entertaining read. Ms. Brenner charmed her readers as she struck her reader’s heart with this beautiful story that centers on family. I loved that this book allows readers to feel the raw emotional vulnerability of each family members. So if you are looking for a book where the author wrote a heartwarming tale that is a perfect weekend read, then I would recommend you to read The Wedding Sisters.
The Psychiatrists of Phoenix Street
Michael Segal has been practicing psychiatry in Israel for the past several decades, and his work has introduced him to a broad collection of individuals with unique stories to tell. This collection is particularly significant because of its setting. Born in Romania just after WWII, Dr. Segal remembers noting the sorrow of emotionally broken war widows forlornly wandering his childhood neighborhood. After moving to Israel in the 1980s, he treated soldiers and Soviet refugees, as well as Jewish Holocaust survivors, many, many of whom suffered from post-traumatic stress disorders due to their horrific experiences. He himself endured bombing raids and chemical weapon threats while working at his hospital.
Dr. Segal encapsulates this time through the stories of his individual patients for example, one of his patients was one of Josef Mengele’s twins from Auschwitz concentration camp. Several were soldiers or police who suffered from being surrounded by death and dismemberment on all sides when they responded to bombings. Although the author alleviates these stories with a few notes of humor there was a Russian soldier who, due to his unfamiliarity with Hebrew and some other misunderstandings, almost missed his own wedding; another man needed help overcoming his anxiety before his own upcoming wedding.
Overall, these riveting stories are very heavy and emotionally draining, although they are certainly easy to read. Readers will want time to reflect and process each one; Dr. Segal valiantly tries to keep his own emotions from overcoming him as he absorbs all this pain from his patients, but, at one point, his despair breaks through after he hears some terrible news: I don’t know anymore who is most at risk for suicide: anesthesiologists, dentists, or us, psychiatrists. Anyway, this informal classification, regardless of the position, is not too optimistic. Psychiatrists straddle the line between body and mind as medical doctors, they work to restore health both physically and mentally by exploring the trauma and disease of the subconscious. In these stories, Dr. Segal walks the halls of the psychiatric ward and tries to understand why people are hurting like they are, so he can help them but it is a gargantuan, perhaps impossible, task.
The stories are well-written and intelligent, with full command of the English language; some quirks of usage and punctuation mark them as foreign, but to excellent effect, reinforcing the sense of uniqueness of this collection they are stories that are, mercifully, outside the experience of most Americans. Readers will be horrified while they are engrossed with this very personal side of history; ideally, they will also be moved with compassion toward a greater understanding of those struggling with mental illnesses.
Tall, Dark, Billionaire Texan: The Billionaire’s Club
Tall, Dark, Billionaire Texan by Mandy Baxter consists of four billionaire stories: “The Billionaire Cowboy,” “The Billion Dollar Player,” “Rocked by the Billionaire,” and “The Billionaire Sheriff.” This book is my first introduction to Mandy Baxter and it surely won’t be my last. Mandy Baxter takes readers on a journey of swoon-worthy, sweet, and sexy billionaire romance with a Texas flare.
Mandy Baxter provides a synopsis of each story that gives readers an insight as to what to expect. Each story had the romance to give readers the warm, fuzzy feelings and, at the same time, Ms. Baxter knows when to sizzle with her hot, steamy love scenes. So if you are in the mood to read about a cattle rancher, a football player, rock star, and a sheriff then this book is for you. The weather may not be the only thing that is hot in Texas – these four eligible bachelors are sure to ignite a fire in your hearts with their sexy alpha personalities.
Chaos Bound: Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club
If there is ever an MC book that deserves a book hug, CHAOS BOUND by Sarah Castille would be it. I LOVE this fourth installment to the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Series, which happens to be my favorite. As a big fan of the series, I love that Ms. Castille continues to give her readers the rough, sexy, dangerous and intense MC romance novels.
“She felt right beside him. Perfect. Broken. Just like him.”
In this dark and dangerous world of bikers, Sarah Castille not only takes her readers down a vivid and raw journey of the MC clubs and the fierce ladies, who are willing to go beyond the means to protect and stand by their men but she also allows her readers to FEEL the vulnerability, anger, revenge, hope and passion. And trust me when I say that Chaos Bound is bound with so much raw emotions and intensity.
“I got a lot of anger in me,” he said softly. “Always have, although nothing like I got now. Sometimes I’m afraid it will consume me. But when I’m with you, it … just … fades. I’ll never hurt you. Never push you farther than you want to go. You’re safe with me. You got my word on that.”
In this fourth installment, Sarah Castille perfectly weaves a raw, gritty and intense perspective of revenge and the code of brotherhood that these bikers live and die for. Unlike the previous books in this series, Sarah Castille stripped her characters to the very core allowing readers to FEEL every emotions. And I mean everything from hate, sadness, loss, hopelessness, emptiness, anger, revenge, forgiveness, and love. With a wide array of emotions thrown at the readers, Ms. Castille allowed readers to feel for her hero and heroine.
“I need you,” he said. “You’re mine, and I’m not going to let you go. Whatever I have to do, whatever it takes, however long … If you can’t live the biker life after I’m done with Viper, then I won’t live it. But you can’t leave me. I am nothing, Naiya, if I don’t have you.”
REVENGE is the only thing that consumes and keeps Holt “T-Rex” Savage alive. As a member of the Sinner’s Tribe MC, Holt has been held captive by their rival MC, the Black Jacks for three months where he has endured every torture. Scarred and left broken, Holt is filled with hate and anger that his MC left him to die. As darkness clouds Holt’s heart and mind, he never thought that there would be any chance of light and freedom that is until Naiya Kelly stumbled into his life and saved him.
“The new Holt was demanding and controlling. Impatient. Serious. So far removed from the self he knew, he would be lost without Naiya to anchor him to the ground. He needed her now. Needed to claim her, body and soul.”
For the past eight years, Naiya Kelly thought she escaped the Black Jacks but when she was taken by the club, she knew her chance of survival lies with Holt Savage. As prisoners of the Black Jacks, Naiya and Holt teamed up together in order to escape. Freedom was only temporary while on the run since the Black Jacks President, Viper wants Naiya at all cost.
As Naiya and Holt try to come up with a plan to survive, Holt has only one thing on his mind. REVENGE. Not only does Holt want to kill Viper and the Black Jacks but he also wants revenge on the Sinners. But as Naiya begins to get to know Holt, she sees that the three months being held hostage has hardened Holt and changed him. As Holt begins to let down his walls when he is with Naiya, he begins to open his heart to her. And for the first time in his life, Holt finally found someone to LOVE. But with danger looming, Holt may have to let go of his anger and ask for help from his best friend, Tank and the Sinners. Will Holt be able to fulfill his plot for revenge? And did the Sinner’s really betray Holt or was it all a misunderstanding? And as a changed man, will Holt be able to walk away from the biker life and follow a new path with Naiya?
The sexual chemistry and bond that exists between Holt and Naiya was sizzling and palpable from the start. Their connection was the cementing foundation of what it means to sacrifice, honor, respect, and fight for your love. Though their love may be complicated, I loved how Ms. Castille kept their romance heated with passion as danger and doubts begins to surface. I loved how the author kept this book an MC trope but incorporated the elements of love, family, brotherhood, second chances and friendship to be the forefront.
“I love that you’re mine , that you know the worst of me and still want my touch, that you know me as I am now, that I wake from my nightmares and find myself in your arms. I’m gonna make sure you’re safe and happy and able to live that normal life you dreamed about.”
Chaos Bound was such an intense, raw, brazen and gritty perspective of the world of bikers, brotherhood, revenge, and friendship. The writing and story line was so gripping and consuming that you can’t help but be immersed into the story of Holt and Naiya and what awaits for them. In most MC novels, the club would be the main focus but in this installment, Sarah Castille surprised me. She made this more than your typical MC biker book. She allowed readers to see beyond the revenge, anger, hurt, and brotherhood. She made you see friendship and the sacrifices we choose to make. She made you see LOVE. And most importantly she made you see Holt and Naiya. Not Holt, the biker but Holt Savage, the man who fell in love with a science nerd. A man who is willing to risk anything for the girl who saved him. And for Naiya Kelly, Holt Savage brought beauty, love, and passion that was missing in her life. He didn’t see a rape victim. He saw her. The real Naiya Kelly.
“She tried to commit him to memory, the warmth of his lips, the deep rumble when he looped an arm around her waist and pulled her against him. She wanted him. Needed him. She’d made it through hell, and he was her piece of heaven…She had never felt as complete as she did at this moment; never felt she really belonged until she’d stepped into the circle of his arms.”
Like I said before, this book was so much more. It is a story that reminds us all nothing is black and white. Dreams change. Life goes on. Love heals. And most importantly, each and everyone of us will make a choice. A choice that will lead us to happiness or of the unknown. And this choice that may be bound with chaos is a journey that Holt and Naiya are willing to navigate together. So if you are looking for a story that has grit, intensity, danger, passion and most importantly heart, then I urge you to read this book. Go fall in love with two damaged and broken characters who found comfort, solace, and truth together. Beyond the scars, heartaches, sadness, loss, and anger lies a story of what it means to truly protect the ones you love even if it means death and letting go. So if you are ready to ride through a chaotic, wild and fierce love, then all there is left to say HOLD ON TIGHT as Holt Savage will pull those heartstrings and show us all what it means to be truly wild and free.