To Save His Child (Into the Storm: Book 1) by Margaret Watson

To Save His Child (Into the Storm, #1)

Title: To Save His Child

Author: Margaret Watson

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: June 2nd, 2017 (originally published in 1996)

Genre: Romance

POV: 3rd person

Series: Into The Storm

To Save His Child – Book 1

An Innocent Man – Book 2

An Honorable Man – Book 3

The Dark Side of the Moon – Book 4

Family on the RunBook 5

Where you can find To Save His Child: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Caine O’Roarke regretted vanishing into thin air and leaving Lexie Hollister asleep in his bed – but he had no choice. The mercenary had been called in for an urgent mission in the middle of the night. He’d miss Lexie, but the former Seal told himself that he and Lexie would both get over it. They’d been completely wrong for each other – in all but one way. 

Eleven months later, when Lexie’s father asks Caine to rescue his daughter from the civil war in San Rafael, he barely recognizes Lexie. The former party girl has grown up, and she’s the only nurse in a small village. And she has a child. His child. 

Will Caine be able to save the woman he hasn’t been able to forget? Will Lexie be able to forgive him for disappearing? And will they be able to survive the jungle and figure out how to create a family?

Trigger Warning: None

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Alpha Landon (Alpha: Book 1) by Midika Crane

Alpha Landon (Alpha#1)

Title: Alpha Landon

Author: Midika Crane

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: July 16th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural

Series: Alpha

Alpha Landon – Book 1

Alpha Kaden – Book 2 (review here)

Alpha Grayson – Book 3 (review here)

Alpha Jasper – Book 4

Alpha Malik – Book 5

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find Alpha Landon: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

You can’t love him, you need someone who you’re more compatible with,” he insisted. His arms moved suddenly, his palms slamming against the wall beside my head, his arms locked into place.

“You wouldn’t know,” I gritted out in frustration. Landon sighed, leaning in further till his soft lips pressed against my neck lightly, briefly, making me gasp.

“Trust me, I know exactly who you suit,” he whispered.

“Remember the night at your house after dinner?” He asked, his lips leaving soft kisses up to my ear. I shuddered, nodding. He smiled gently against my skin.

“I did want to kiss you.”

Trigger Warning: None

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Everything We Left Behind (Everything We Keep: Book 2) by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Left Behind (Everything We Keep, #2)

Time: Everything We Left Behind

Author: Kerry Lonsdale

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of publication: July 4th, 2017

Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Series: Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep – Book 1 (review here)

Everything We Left Behind – Book 2

POV: Alternating 1st person and 3rd person

Where you can find Everything We Left Behind: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

From the Wall Street Journal, bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower, and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.

(This book is the sequel to Everything We Keep.)

Trigger Warning: None

***Do Not read any further if you haven’t read Everything We Keep. There will be spoilers. So if you decide to read past this, consider yourself warning***

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The Son’s Path by Hildebrand Hermannson

The Son's Path

Title: The Son’s Path

Author: Hildebrand Hermannson

Publisher: The Poet’s Truth

Date of publication: July 16th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 234

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Seeing one side of wealth and power, Sunu, the Slayer of the White Aurochs, has set his eyes on greater fame. For his envy of others’ glory is clouding the truth of who he is and what he was meant to be…to the point of disappearance. With the warnings of his austere father falling on deaf ears, it will take more than a man for Sunu to see that glory is not the only thing awaiting him outside his humble village. After striving against his father during a bullish storm, a dazzling rainbow draws Sunu out of his longhouse into a sacred oak grove, where he hears the whispering of a horse made from the sun. “There is more than what is seen.” This horse was sent by a mysterious friend, who gives it secret counsel, to help Sunu see the truth and the enemy unseen. In a journey that reveals the mystery of life, the horse must shed light on everything Sunu has to lose and everyone influencing his decisions—how they’re affecting the Sons of Man—so he will choose the right path to imperishable fame.

My review:

I love reading less known books by lesser known authors. Don’t get me wrong, I like popular authors too but I really enjoy giving the unknown authors a chance. Which I did with The Son’s Path and I was greatly disappointed by this book. A magical horse who talks to a teenager and takes him on adventures, sign me up. What I read, though, really didn’t live up the hype in my mind.

This book turned out to be one of the most boring, tedious books that I have read in a while. While it was pretty interesting in the beginning, I found that the characters really didn’t fit into the mold for Germany in 109. While the raids of Germany (ie the Saxons) were historically accurate, the mannerisms and vocabulary of Sunu seemed to model after a modern-day 15-year-old at points in the book. Which was kinda at odd with the historical setting in the book.

I had a very hard time getting through the book. If the author had just focused on Sunu and his coming of age story or even Sunu and Runa/Mystery’s adventures, I think that the book would have been a lot better. But, instead, the coming of age story was woven in with Mystery’s story and it just got confusing at points. I can’t tell you how many times I had to back up and reread a page because I felt that I missed something.

Sunu was very difficult for me to connect to as a character. He just didn’t come across as a nice person in the book, even at the end….when everything was revealed and he was supposedly changed for the better. For some reason, as a reader, I didn’t believe that and that, among with other things, ruined the book for me. I couldn’t get past his actions and his greediness in the book.

What I did like was that the author did have a glossary at the back of the book. I didn’t know it when I was reading and struggled with some of the words/names of people, place, and religions that were used in the book. But it was there and I was happy about it after the fact.

The end of the book was just as confusing at the rest of the book.

How many stars will I give The Son’s Path: 2

Why: I am actually being very generous with a 2-star rating. I gave it that because of the historical facts that were used in the book. It was very well researched in that regard and that is why I bumped my 1 star up to 2. Other than that, I found this book very tedious to read and had a very difficult time finishing it.

Will I reread: No

Will I recommend to family and friends: No

Age range: Older Teen

Why: Violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Jolly Old Santa Claus—Christmas in July 2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Christmas in July Reading Challenge

Title: Jolly Old Santa Claus

Author: MaryJane Hooper Tonn

Illustrator: George Hinke

Publisher: Ideals Pubns

Date of publication: June 30th, 2007 (originally published September 1st, 2005)

Genre: Children’s Fiction

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Jolly Old Santa Claus: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A Christmas classic newly designed in a large hardcover format. Children are naturally curious about Santa Claus and will delight in this behind-the-scenes look at Santas workshop. The story follows Santas Christmas season, from reading childrens letters to the celebration of a job well done on Christmas Day.

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Chase & Chloe

Chase & Chloe

Title: Chase & Chloe

Author: Simone Elise

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: July 12, 2017

Genre: Romance, Suspense

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find Chase & Chloe: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Chloe’s life has never been the easiest ride, and now she finds herself in chaos and running away from home in her stolen abusive stepfather’s car. When she breaks down in the middle of nowhere, she doesn’t expect to come face to face with Chase; the eldest son of the leader of the notoriously feared Horsemen Motorcycle Club. 

With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Chloe reluctantly accepts Chase’s offer of a place to stay, despite her knowing that he can’t be trusted. This big, bad, biker can’t mean any good, can he?

A tale of romance, danger, and suspense; Chase and Chloe is a thrilling ride that you’ll find tough to slow down on…

Trigger warning: Child abuse

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Double the College Experience by Sara Raynott

Double the College Experience

Title: Double The College Experience

Author: Sara Raynott

Publisher: Unknown

Date of publication: June 3rd, 2017

Genre: Erotica

Number of pages: 20

POV: 1st person

Where you can find Double the College Experience: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

When Sean, my high school sweetheart, breaks up with me, I have no idea why. He claims to want the full college experience. 

When I meet Brad, he is more than happy to show me what that means. But, he has a bigger surprise in store for me when he introduces me to his roommate, Nick.

Trigger Warning: None

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