7/10/15

The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop-Cadillac, Texas, #3 {My Thoughts}

The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop (Cadillac, Texas, #3)The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback
Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 147783060X (ISBN13: 9781477830604)
other editions (4)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Stella’s mama never should’ve put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella’s twenty-seventh birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip’s hotter than the city’s famous jalapeño peppers, it isn’t long before all hell breaks loose.

Heather, the bossy leader of the church’s Prayer Angels, thinks a summer ball will get Stella and the town’s other single gals paired off. But nobody can tell redheaded spitfire Stella what to do—not her mama, not Heather, and not even the sexy beau Stella’s been seeing in secret. Together, Stella, her best friends Charlotte and Piper, and the loyal customers of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop hatch a good old-fashioned scheme to sabotage the ball. But will it wreck Stella’s relationship with her mama forever? And what will the church folk think when Stella reveals the identity of her mystery man?

My Thoughts
Stella Baxter rues the day she laid eyes on a no-good preacher’s son when she was just a teenager because now closing in on 30 she is still paying for the sins of her youth thanks to certain members of the Cadillac community.

Of course like all loving mothers hers wants daughter Stella to find a good man, get married and give birth to grandchildren she and her husband can spoil. However the method she employs to ensure Stella has success in finding a good man ends up backfiring in a way she never expected, leading to some upsetting moments as well as friction between mother and daughter.

The family drama continues throughout the story but the fact is that no matter how much Stella dislikes what her mama Nancy did she still loves her and wants nothing more than for the two to get past this bump in the road and go back to enjoying each others company.

The kicker to the whole story is the identity of the secret beau that Stella has been seeing on the sly, it comes as a shock to her mother and her friends but totally delights them when all is said and done.

A book filled with laughter, family drama, gossip and it’s consequences, new beginnings and an all around wonderful small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone’s business and they still have secrets to uncover.

Downloaded and devoured this in record time! I love Stella, Piper, Charlotte, Agnes, Nancy and Rosalie. Every one of these women are just perfectly unique and totally likable as characters. Their nemesis Heather however is totally unlikable, as she is meant to be.

In short this was exactly what I hoped for from this author, a small town setting with over-the-top drama and a wonderful romance at it's core to melt the readers heart.

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7/9/15

Dog Days {My Thoughts}

Dog DaysDog Days by Joe McKinney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition
Published by JournalStone (first published July 9th 2014)
ISBN 139781940161792
edition language English
other editions (3)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Winner of the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel.

It's the summer of 1983 and the suburbs of Houston are reeling from a disastrous hurricane. But the storm brought more than wind and floodwaters.

In the swamps that surround Clear Lake a brutal and possibly supernatural killer is gathering strength, and waiting for the full moon. The focus of his bloodlust is fourteen year old Mark Eckert. Reckless to a fault, with a knack for making spectacularly bad decisions, Mark had planned to spend that last summer before high school wandering the swamps with his friends and his beloved dog Max. But after a chance encounter with the lunatic, Mark's summer becomes a time of terror and tragedy.

With his life on the line, Mark's courage will be tested to his limits and beyond as he struggles to survive the hottest days of summer: the dog days.

My Thoughts
The target demographic of reader may be classified as YA but truthfully unless your reader has a fairly strong stomach some of this may be a little too graphically described, maybe best for those older teens onto adults who enjoy their horror with a bit of teen drama mixed in.

Mark is 14 so it is not far fetched that he makes decisions based more upon emotion than common sense, however in a couple of instances his luck far outweighed his ability to reign in his tendency to act before thinking it through.

I chose to read this book because of the Texas location but after finishing found myself by turns amazed and bemused that the aftermath of a devastating hurricane could be incorporated with this type of suspenseful coming of age story in a way that allowed one to take away the power of courage when fear could have held sway and caused a different outcome altogether.

An interesting look at a boys journey into young adulthood, one that not only Mark will never forget but neither will the reader who engages with this vividly descriptive turning point in time.

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7/8/15

Final Protocol {My Thoughts}

Final ProtocolFinal Protocol by J.C. Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
ISBN-13: 9781619228696
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 7/7/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 125
Sales rank: 119,967
File size: 846 KB
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side.

Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.

She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember.

She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and his trained killer. She kills at his whim or she dies.

She has a target. Her so-called owner…the man who makes her life a living hell. If she could kill anybody in the universe, it would be him. But he holds her life in his hands.

And she has a wish—to find a man she barely remembers. A man she knows she once loved. The man who betrayed her and stole away her freedom.

With one final target between her and the tantalizing promise of freedom, she moves in for the kill. There’s one problem. There’s something strangely familiar about her mark. Something that echoes in the void where love used to live.

Warning: One woman with a mission, one evil bastard who lies as often as he breathes, and a man who’ll stop at nothing to find what he lost. Be warned…some questionable consent lies within.

My Thoughts


As I have come to expect author J.C. Daniels, whose alter ego is actually author Shiloh Walker, has once again created a strong female leading character. A character whose breaking point was reached long ago at the hands of the man who has “owned” her for the past 10 years of her, despite that she still has hope to one day be free again to live life on her own terms.

Molded into the perfect killer she has no choice but to do as he commands, either that or face a painful death from an implant in her brain that the monstrous mastermind controls.

She chafes at the thought that her only way of escape may be her death, either at her own hands or by someone else’s. The thought is foremost in her mind until she is given one final mission, complete it successfully and she is promised a release from her life of violence and death.

Knowing that the man who made the promise to her is a sadistic monster Silence decides to leave nothing to chance, however when she realizes who her target is everything changes.

Exciting, filled with tension, totally on point with the sci-fi angles that are utilized throughout the story and most of all just an action packed adventure with a new heroine whose name we will be looking forward to seeing again if we are so lucky to be given more books in the future that feature Silence.

As a few others have said and as the author points out in the book blurb this is not a read for those under a certain age as it deals with abuse issues that will curdle even the strongest stomach as you read those pages.

This was a rocket fast read and if too short at least fully developed premise with an ending that leaves you with the full realization we have not even begun the adventure with Silence yet !

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