4.5 Star Review · book review · contemporary christian fiction

His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman #SoulBookSunday #ChristianFiction #PassionateSweetBooks

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Get His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman

Published August 1, 2017

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First, a special thank you to Ms. Julie Lessman for gifting me this book such a long time ago(months to be exact), my apologies for the late review!

We are back at Isle of Hope in Georgia, where the scenes are a slice of heaven and God’s love and strength reign supreme.

This book definitely served up sweet iced tea and spice in classic Julie Lessman style. I love her sweet books and the hunky guys who steal hearts. This book was just as addicting.

Cat O’Bryen, is a feisty, spitfire wildflower who is definitely not like her calm, sweet twin sister Shan, and the hunky pastor Chase Griffin, knows this and does all he can to steer clear of the saucy, competitive twin.

But Cat sees Chase as her biggest win: an honest, god-fearing man who would never hurt her, so why does he keep pushing her away? He pushes her so far in fact, that Cat begins to question if being around her “holier than thou” family is even possible and does God truly love her at all if people consider her the “bad twin”?

I rooted for these two, I truly did because Cat was lost and so was Chase. However, Chase came off as stuffy and harsh towards Cat(reminded me of a Korean Drama I am watching where the guy is so cold towards the main character). I couldn’t figure Chase out. On one hand I understand that he was trying to ward off temptation(this is a good sign), but the way he did it was awful. Plus, he referred to her constantly as “Kiddo” which made her seem like some underage brat and him as a father instead of a love interest.

Let me ease up on Chase a bit here…he does have a past and you’ll have to read the story to find out why this hunk of a man keeps Cat at bay all the time.

Another sweet hit from Lessman folks, and I hope you do read her books, she definitely knows how to add spice to sweet fiction with the right amount of heat!

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~The Write Web

 

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book review · mystery novels · relationships

The Wife Between Us Blog Tour Has Begun

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Imagine you are about to get married and your fiancé’s crazy ex begins to show up, send letters and call to bug the heck out of you.

Imagine that you are the ex wife, doing all you can to end your ex husband’s new relationship.

Imagine being the husband, wishing that your ex would just leave you be.

As you read the book, you suddenly realize something….

Things are not always what they seem. I promise that as you read this your mind will latch on to one bendable truth, naturally but prepare for the twists!

The Wife Between Us centers around the theme of not always knowing who you marry. That fact alone is humbling enough and in reality, many of us experience this, however the authors made sure to keep us on one plane of thought while systematically, twisting our mind around in the middle of the book.

The secrets, the mystery, the psychological torture is only the tip of the iceberg and I can honestly say I was not ready for the many revelations.

At least two revelations, surprised me, but the biggest one of all towards the end shocked the mess out of me.

For those used to linear storytelling, however, do not fear but I do warn you. The true gem of this work lies not only in storytelling and pacing, but how the story is told. It may give you whiplash if you are not paying attention.

“We think we’ve entered into a union with another person when, in fact, we’ve formed a triangle with one point anchored by a silent but all seeing judge…” (from The Wife Between Us by Hendricks and Pekkanen, 2018)

All in all I highly- and I do mean highly recommend this book to you. If there is one you pick up this Winter, let it be The Wife Between Us.

**This book was received for my unbiased review through Netgalley.

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book review · Five Star Review · New Adult · relationships · Romance · Wattpad Stories

Always Red #WattpadSuperstars

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Always Red by Isabelle Ronin

Publication Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca(November 7, 2017)

You might want to order Always Red today! (Kindle Edition)

*Galley provided for free from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Always Red is definitely slightly better than Chasing Red in that there’s more background and depth to the story, promising subplots, and incredibly incendiary love scenes that are just wild!

The book picks up right where Chasing Red ends, with Caleb hurt over Beatrice-Rose’s betrayal and Red suddenly realizing that she may lose him. The page turning craze begins when Red tries to find new ways to contact Caleb to win him back. Is it possible that she can? Will Caleb even accept her?

It goes back to the saying: “You never know what you have until its gone.”

Her new friends Kar and Beth definitely kept me laughing and as I mentioned, their own plots in the story is promising. I can definitely see some books written based on their lives, however Always Red amps it up with the passionate scenes and crimes of passion as well.

There is definitely more truths being revealed and you pray everyone makes it out alive.

Red is not one of my favorite characters. I tried to like her in the first book, but now I see that Caleb, as sweet and hot as he is, is the more sensitive one in this situation. He will do anything for Red but it seems like it takes a herculean effort for her to show how much she loves him. I give her an A for effort…

I am saying this because, the gorgeous drifting rock star, Damon, who calls her “Angel Face” once again is always to her rescue and she just goes to him. Nothing wrong with that, I mean, she is a grown woman, but when Caleb feels some way about it, she never addresses it appropriately in my opinion. Her upbringing was kind of screwed up which can account for her being a shelled individual.

All in all a great conclusion to the series and I will definitely read more of Ronin’s stories on Wattpad!

4.5 Star Review · book review · Romance · Uncategorized

Chasing Red #WattpadSuperstars

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           If you like HOT, rich playboys and the special girls who can change their hearts,  Get Chasing Red on Your Kindle or Kindle App today!

Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin

Sourcebooks Casablanca(2017)

ISBN: 978-1492658450

It is possible that Wattpad is a source for good books that pull at your heart guts, like Did I Mention I Love You and Remember to Forget. Well, Isabelle Ronin has penned a Wattpad blockbuster according to reviews, and after reading Chasing Red, I see why it is hailed as addicting.

Caleb has finally met his match.

After bedding down nearly every blonde he knows, one night at a bar, he meets a dark haired beauty whose dance moves are like a siren to him, and on that same night he rescues her, calling her Red because of her red dress and red nail polish.

But he learns something about Red very quickly.

She is not like other girls he has dated. Besides her very long dark hair and independent attitude, she is reserved and fearful of something, but he can’t resist her allure. Their relationship becomes one of extreme need, doubt, and the burning passionate love only true love can ignite.

I enjoyed this book for two reasons: One, I like reading about strong, feisty women who are also vulnerable. It shows they are human. Second, a handsome Caleb who is a certified player, amazes me suddenly as his heart strings are getting snatched while he literally does everything for Red just to make her happy. I swear the swoon worthy moments were just as titillating as the sexy, scorching hot ones.

“I felt him lowering both of us onto the bed. I was drowning so deeply in his kiss that I hadn’t even noticed he had walked us to the bedroom.” (Chasing Red, Ronin, 2017).

Now, I did find a couple of things troubling and it could be because I over-read something or whatever the case may be.

For example, the plot thickens when another suitor arrives but who is he and is he for or against Caleb? How does he pop up conveniently everywhere Red goes?

Secondly, there was a POV concerning Caleb’s ex Beatrice-Rose(yeah, the name drips wealth)- I basically glazed my eyes over her words…until she mentioned some really interesting things. All in all I cared nothing for her point of view. Seriously.

The book was amazing though and the author shows great command of human psychology and character development.

*This book was provided by Netgalley for my unbiased review.

4.5 Star Review · African American · book review · Five Star Review · Romance · Uncategorized

September 2017 Reading Recap: Fae books, Slave Ships, and Black Romance

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Below are Very brief summaries of the four books I read September 2017. I read books about faeries(not the kids’ faeries), the adult fae books, as well as some black romance. Please click  the(affiliate) links to grab up  these 4.5 and 5 star reads!

 

  • First up is Iced. I was  unaware of the controversy surrounding Iced, because I’ve read the Darkfever series from 2009-2011 and stopped when I realized Iced would be in the POV of 14 y/o Dani O’Malley, but Moning did a great job of keeping the dark sensuality and sexual tension in there while also keeping the voice of the fiery Dani.

Some felt that Dani was too young to be placed in a world filled with centuries old males and that was borderline on taboo however, in a crazy violent fae driven world, Dani is more intelligent and grown up and again, Moning did a fine job of treating issues delicately concerning Dani.

In this world, ice is freezing up places in Dublin, Ireland and Dani must team up with Ryodan, Dancer, and the Unseelie Prince Christian, to dodge gut stealing hags and faeries who could sex you to death- literally!

  • In Burned, Mac and Barrons are back(after Shadowfever) and are now dueling growing potholes in the atmosphere and Mac still has the Unseelie King’s copy of the Sinsar Dubh inside her and relying on it for any power could prove fatal for her and the world if she isn’t careful. Some fans did not care for Burned because Iced reeled us in and now we want more of Dani’s story.
  • The next two books I read are by Beverly Jenkins. An African American Author who writes titillating historical fiction you just cannot put down. In Forbidden(Old West, #1), the sexy green eyed Rhine Fontaine is descended from a line of African Queens and his white father was a slave owner. To survive, Rhine lives his life as a white man until he meets the beautiful Eddy Carmichael who makes him forget about his fianceé .
  • Captured was filled with pirates, violence and sweet seduction. I loved every minute of it. Clare Sullivan, a slave, is captured by the ruggedly handsome Dominic Le Veq. LeVeq, a free black man known for bedding down women all over the world, just can’t help himself when he meets the very intelligent slave woman. The problem is, he wants her by his side: free. But if they are found out she could go back to being a house slave or possibly killed.

Another point to remember: Beverly Jenkins love using marmalade in her novels. I’ll never think of the treat the same again!

Well, I hope you get to read some of these books because they surely kept me up at night and they are definitely certified 4.5/5 star reads so it will not be a waste of your time.

Let me know what you think about any of these stories if you have read them.

What are you currently reading? 🙂

~The Write Web

book review · Five Star Review · New Adult · Uncategorized · Youth/Young Adult

Iced by Karen Marie Moning ( review)

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Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Published by Delacorte Press(2012)-Hardcover

ISBN13: 978-0385344401

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Bull-fecking-Crikey, Dani Mega O’Malley is here! Word to the wise: This book pushes boundaries. How in the magical world was Moning able to weave in action, magic, and some serious sexual tension all from the point of view of fourteen year old Dani? Well, most of it is in her POV. Anyways…

It is 1 AWC(After the Wall Crashed all fae hell broke lose) Dani Mega O’Malley carries the sword of Light. It can do some serious damage to the fae, particularly, the Unseelie variety. She is on the run from Mackayla “Mac” Lane since she revealed she killed Mac’s sister Alina.

Read my 3-line review on Goodreads and make sure to get Iced for yourself. Join the fight!

On top of everything else going on, various places are freezing and Dani finds herself joining up with none other than Ryodan, Chester’s dark, brooding nightclub owner. He wants to know what is going on too and with Dani’s superhuman sight and speed she proves useful.

I can’t explain how sensuality was woven in this book. All I can say is, 14 year old Danny has a line of suitors waiting for her to grow up.

So what lead to the full five purple heart rating?

  • C’mon! It’s Karen Marie Moning, for feck(got “feck” from her books) sake. Only she can use words to work you up like a tightly wound guitar string, then make you go POP.
  • She was genius in her taste of words and scene structure.
  • Iced was extremely hard to put down because when you read a KMM novel, you are in an adventure. Point blank period. You get comfy, lie down and open up a whole new world.
  • I actually like that Dani was not treated with kid gloves because the girl isn’t stupid and she is strong, so, yeah. It all worked out.

I am glad to be rejoining the fight to save Dublin..to save the world. One page at a time.

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4 Star reviews · Apologetics · book review · Communicating with God · Uncategorized

Tap into ‘The Wisdom of God'(a review)

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Tapping into the wisdom of God is a pretty big feat to accomplish. God is an unseen being, an intelligent Creator. One who sent his son Jesus to die for us all so how can we tap into His wisdom and allow it to order our steps? A.W. Tozer’s writings on this subject is quite simple but is easily recognizable and in some cases come off as extremely biased.

 

Tozer starts off describing what Wisdom is. Wisdom is an “afflatus”, a breath created by God and appears in the form of a woman in the biblical writings. Wisdom, also called Sophia, cries out to us. This divine breath. A.W. Tozer references throughout the work, is given freely. He cites  the Wisdom of Solomon. A.W. Tozer repeatedly reminds us that the Wisdom of Solomon is not divinely inspired of God like the other 66 books of the bible, yet gives us a picture of what wisdom truly is.

That was a slight problem with this work. This could be because of my own personal stance on Christianity now as to why I am cautious of what I read and believe. Why isn’t the Wisdom of Solomon included in the 66 books of the bible and who deemed it so?

After learning about wisdom being a “divine lady breath”,  Tozer begins to help us understand the activity of wisdom. Chapter by chapter he teaches us: “The Root of Divine Wisdom”, “The Benefits of Eternal Wisdom”, “The Practicality of God’s Wisdom”, and so on. Each chapter brings you closer to understanding the beauty of wisdom.

There is one teaching that really stuck to me though. In the section on pursuing wisdom, Tozer breaks down Proverbs 1:20-23’s meaning of the scorners, the fools, and simple ones. These are the ones Wisdom will “pour her spirit onto”.

“The point is, though he believes those things, he lives as if they were not so. The man who lives as if the truth were not true is as bad as the man who denies the truth.”(The Wisdom of God, Tozer, pg.108, 2017)

Some troubling areas which came off as biased(again, this could be because of my own feelings as of late about Christianity) stems from over-radical beliefs that is unproven.

For instance, Tozer says: “Millions are in hell because they simply could not resist imitating others”(pg.57) and who are these people in hell Tozer mentions? Smokers and drinkers are one of them. This part is very complex and odd because how do he know who is in hell and how does drinking and smoking land someone in hell? It is bad for health- but hell?

Also, when describing the “strange, evil woman” he calls her sophisticated and smart and “can’t remember when she last attended Sunday school”…? That was pretty low and what does being strange and evil have to do with sophistication unless she is using people and is conceited, I don’t see anything wrong with anyone being sophisticated and intelligent. Perhaps a better example could have been used.

Perhaps I can chalk it up to Tozer’s time period. He lived around 1897-1963 so his views on some things may seem myopic and biased but he is still one excellent theologian and writer.

Overall, the book had great insight and I advise readers to take note on some pages because understanding the wisdom of God is important for the Christian walk. That much I do agree with.

4heart1This book earns four hearts from me and was received for free from Bethany House.