Book Review: ‘ Oh What a Night’, By Nika P (AA Romance Novella) 4 Unique Stars! #100BooksChallenge

What a really unique story, and in some ways thought provoking. Book #6 of my #100BooksChallenge. I stumbled across the book via another review posted on Facebook. The review sold it to me. I really enjoyed the ‘difference’ in this love story. It’s also free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

About The Book:

Ari has had it with relationships. One loser after another in her quest to get over the “great one”. What Ari doesn’t realize is when you’re not looking is usually when the right one shows up….
Lennox is tired of women with high standards and no substance. He wants someone real but he has responsibilities that keep him from venturing too far…
What happens when an unlikely match is placed in a circumstance that they need to depend on each other for survival? What happens when one night leads to so much more?

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4 unique and thought provoking stars!

I’m not even going to lie, I got into this author’s writing style so quick! From page one the main character Ari really kicks off. I read very quickly and I woke up one morning at 10.a.m. rather than 6.a.m., because I was reading this look. I found the character’s very interesting, I found the story-line very interesting, then there was a really unexpected turn. This made the story even more so interesting, and very unique. I was so happy to experience this and to see how things would play out. This novella is a quick read, but really does hold a ‘moral of the story’ vibe to it, if you allow yourself to be opened up to it. Ari and an unexpected male cross paths, he’s struggling with a sense of who he is, and is in an interracial relationship. Ari is pretty heart broken with a story of her own.

At the same time, this is where I would have LOVED the author to deep dive into this. Both Ari and the main male character she becomes involved with (via the plot twist), experience a deep shift in their personality, thought process, and who they are as people. This was clear to see from their chapter POV’s, the author did a wonderful job at showing this. I felt as a reader I could feel the change in Ari and her main man as individual people. However I felt that it was skimmed over just slightly, especially the male! I would have loved to be shown his ‘change of heart, maturity, and new outlook’ he had following when his path crossed with Ari’s. For example the inner struggles he may have faced, as his change of view was deep! So deep it was like he was a brand new man, no longer who he was. I would have loved that. That said, I still enjoyed this and loved the message, characters, and how the author so uniquely penned this story. It really was rather touching to read. As a first time reader I would for sure read more of her romance. 4 unique and touching stars from me! I’m glad I read it. It’s so unique and has a strong message I could never not read anoher book!

Book Review: ‘ His True Protectors’ ( Menage Romance/Mystery) 4 ‘Spicy’ stars! + $10.00 Giveaway. #100BooksChallenege

 
 
His True Protectors
True Detective Series Book 2
by Lynn Chantale
Genre: Mystery Ménage Romance
 
 
 
Revenge is his game, and Black Hemlock is willing to do anything to settle the score.
For years, Black Hemlock has been biding his time, sulking that bragging rights to a long ago cyber heist was snatched from him. Throw in betrayal and a broken heart, and he has the perfect motive for murder.
Once more True Detective Agency is called in to assist in finding the perpetrator, this time using Carson as bait. Fearless and capable, Carson has no problem going head-to-head with a killer with a penchant for poison.
As the trio delves into the lives and deaths of the victims, a buried secret could destroy them all.
 
**Contains Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence and strong language. Also contains strong BDSM themes**
 
 
 
His True Love
True Detective Series Book 1
 
 
In a small town, in a popular bar, beautiful women disappear. This could just be a coincidence, but private investigators, Carson, Matt and Nathalie don’t believe in them. So they go undercover.
However, when one of the missing women turns up dead, the trio is disturbed to learn the woman bore a striking resemblance to Nathalie; they increase their efforts. When Nathalie disappears from the same bar, Carson and Matt will do anything to find her.
 
*Contains explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and descriptions of violence.*
 
 
 
 
Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
 
 
 
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4 Spicy Stars!

Thank you to Sliver Dagger Book Tours for my review copy, all opinions are my own. My gosh, I read the first book when this book was on tour last year my review is here. It was a very interesting and engaging read. Book two for me give me the same ‘wow’ experience as I read. This is one spicy writer! I love the way she adds some spice and erotica to her stories. It’s so different to anything I’ve read, and at the same time this was the main great reading experience for me. Not only are we following three detectives, they are detectives that are involved mentally, physically, emotionally, and sexually. They handle some dangerous cases and need to close them. So if you like your ‘who dun it’ or detective stories with a touch of romance, with a difference and don’t mind same-sex action give this a try. Without giving too many spoilers the story starts out in where I’d say is a BDSM or ‘swingers’ club. But the detectives are undercover and are there working on a case. The location, setting, story-line for me held me attention it’s just so out of this word ! I recommend this series to open minded readers, seeking diverse characters, but a thrill ride of a traditional detective story. 4 spicy stars for book two from me.

Book Review: ‘A Quirky Guide to Positive Thinking’ by Tonglea White ( Memoir) 5 Touching Stars. #100BooksChallenge

#100BooksChallenge #4. This is a super quick read that I noticed on Facebook. I am a fan of memoirs and literary fiction work. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited and it called me to read it. I found this to be touching, but wanted more!

About The Book

Self love came to me late but I wanted to drop some gems off to let you know how I made it. Maybe this will help you and get you on the road to healing. I know you’re going to laugh, cry and look at me in a different light, whether it’s positive or negative, I’m here for it. Enjoy!

5 touching stars

This was about less than an hour’s read, but every one of the pages really did show how the author has conquered all adversity, that life handed to her.
I found this short read to be highly inspirational, hearing the author’s story left me with a feeling of, ‘no matter what you’ll pull through.’ Which is the message contained within these pages. My only wish list is, I would have loved to know more! About the author’s story as I read it with great interest. There’s also some nuggets of wisdom, and the author does tell her story with humour in places. Which was nice to see that she can smile, following all the pain. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read the memoir genre, and has an appreciation for hearing stories of strength, rawness, reality, no matter who concise they are. I hope that this author considers a full autobiography, I would be interested to read it. 5 touching stars.

Book Review: ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ by Walter Mosley ( Noir Thriller/Mystery) 5 WOW stars #100BooksChallenge

Book #3 of my #100BooksChallenge to read for 2021. After reading this author’s work for the first time, I am gutted that I never dived in earlier! I’ve heard of him, and know how popular his work is, but it wasn’t until a YouTube clip of him popped up as a suggestion that I dived in. I was overwhelmed with choice over where to start with his books, a blog post recommended starting with his ‘Easy Rawlins’ detective series so I did. Being a massive fan of the era this novel is set in, I fell in love hard! Book one has turned me into a fan! I bought the next book. This was a wonderful experience to read, not just a great book.

About The Book:

The first novel by “master of mystery” (The New York Times) Walter Mosley, featuring Easy Rawlins, the most iconic African American detective in all of fiction. Named one of the “best 100 mystery novels of all time” by the Mystery Writers of America, this special thirtieth anniversary edition features an all new introduction from the author.

The year is 1948, the town is Los Angeles.

Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, has just been fired from his job at a defense factory plant. Drinking in his friend’s bar, he’s wondering how he’ll manage to make ends meet, when a white man in a linen suit approaches him and offers him good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a missing blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Easy has no idea that by taking this job, his life is about to change forever.

“More than simply a detective novel…[Mosley is] a talented author with something vital to say about the distance between the black and white worlds, and with a dramatic way to say it” (The New York Times).

5 wow stars!

The author’s writing style is so slick it’s unreal, Easy Rawlins is a great character to follow and so authentic too. I had no trouble believing him, or being drawn into his story, as he got himself unexpectedly ‘caught up’ in all the madness over this ‘Devil in a Blue Dress.’ I loved the fact that the author writes his character with ebonic style language ( where relevant), to keep them very real too. I found that the story moved quickly, and there was a lot of mystery over who done what, when, and why. This really kept me interested and I read it quickly. The characters for me were all really engaging, like-able, even if some of them are ‘bad guys.’ I appreciated that this author touches on many of the hardships and reality for black and brown people , and the relationships and POV’s of both black and white people during this era. It added to the richness of the story. Not in a sense that it’s sad, it just made it (for me personally) very raw, realistic, and engaging writing.

Overall, I found this novel to be well written, fun, fast moving, with a great character line up and plot. Just from reading this one book, it’s made me want to read the rest in the series, and other work by the author. I recommend this book to anyone who likes hard-boiled, private investigator genre books. However, has an appreciation for the setting, era, and rawness of Easy Rawlings and his friends. 5 wow stars I really loved it.

Audiobook: Booker. T. Washington: Up From Slavery( autobiography/non-fiction) 5 Stars

#100BooksChallenge for 2021, this was book two. Now all I can say is this is book I have bought in paperback. Something special I’d love my son to read (when he can actually read well enough lol). And a book I’d love to read again. I’ve not read a slave, or indigenous person’s narrative for a while. Again, it was suggested to me as a book to listen to on YouTube and I found it so inspiring, beautiful, and uplifting even with the sadness behind it. The one time reality of what people of colour had to go through. And fight to be educated in schools. Following the ‘freedom of coloured people’ in the USA, Booker. T. Washington tells us his uplifting story.

About The Book

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of American educator Booker T. Washington (1856–1915). The book describes his personal experience of having to work to rise up from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton Institute, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps.

He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and Native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy stresses combining academic subjects with learning a trade. 

In 1998, the Modern Library listed the book at No. 3 on its list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the 20th century, and in 1999 it was also listed by the conservative Intercollegiate Review as one of the “50 Best Books of the Twentieth Century”.

An American Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

blendedfamilies - my review

5 Wonderful Stars!

What made me read this after the recommendation as a book, was  what the world has been through in 2020, and I wanted to just hear a story about how life once was, and in some ways you could argue still is! For people of any kind of minority. I found the autobiography to be deeply touching, educational, insightful, and for sure worth while a read for everyone. Booker.T.Washington’s story is a tale of survival, determination, justice for himself, and one that should not be forgotten. It’s really hard for me to say anything more than, I really enjoyed this book and it has made me want to read more narratives of this kind. From inspirational people all over the world.  I do agree with the blurb for the book, ‘it’s a classic.’

Audiobook Review: ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho ( Inspirational, Spirituality, Folklore Fiction) 5 Stars

#100BooksChallenge for 2021, this was book one for me. What a book this gem can really take you places literally in your mind, and with your visions of life, if you allow it!It was actually suggested to me while I was on YouTube as a video, I found the audiobook version to listen to for free. God bless whoever put it there! I have heard wonderful things about this book over the years, but never got around to reading it even though it’s a genre I deeply love. It was a wonderful way to spend New years ‘locked down’ by the pandemic.

About the Book:

A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book – a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams.

Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing.

With Paulo Coelho’s visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people’s lives.

blendedfamilies - my review

5 inspirational stars!

In all honesty, if you have heard about this  book I recommend that you just read or listen to it. It really is beautiful. We follow the tale of a young boy trying to find his ‘treasure,’ or in a modern day context ‘his way in life.’ He encounters challenges that we all could relate to, learns some valuable lessons that we all could apply to life, and learns how to read the ‘omens’ or ‘signs’ life gives him. As well as how to connect to the Universe and be spiritually happy. It’s such an uplifting tale, and what makes it even more worth while a read are the golden  nuggets of  motivation, self-development, and reflection points that are spread throughout the book. Like I said, if you allow yourself to really listen or absorb the messages and experiences of the main character who is referred to as ‘boy’, you can easily see how they can relate to your own life. Following reading this book I felt really good, I also felt like there is absolutely no reason why anyone on this planet, no matter their age, race, status, or wealth status, etc. should not follow their true heart’s desires. I recommend this book as a must read as we throw out the energy of 2020 ( which was  pretty harsh) and welcome the new vibes of 2021. This book just may help to make life feel, seem, and appear to be so much more better than it is, right now for us all! It did that for me. 5 inspirational stars.