Review: Afternoon Delights An Anchor Group Anthology

ADAuthor:  Melissa Ringsted
Published: February 14, 2014
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
E Book: 105 pages
Rating on http://www.goodreads.com
Romance, Erotica, Historical Romance

[Synopsis]

Afternoon Delights is just the perfect size for a literary nooner! Seven short stories to tease your senses, from sweet and romantic, to hot and heavy. Get a taste of why these authors are well known for their romance.

[Review]

Afternoon Delights is a collection of short stories from various authors. These short, sexy tidbits can heat up your lunch hour or provide tantalizing sweet dreams at night.

L.P Dover’s Special Delivery introduces to just how much fun role playing can be. In Dinner Break, Elizabeth Kirke provides a hot and steamy tryst at work between Danio and Char from her More Than Magic Series. My Beloved Marie by Karen Stewart gives us Jacob in search of his wife, whom he must rescue from a war prison camp. In Kimberly Larson’s Our Little Secret find out if best friends, Caleb and Liv, can turn a wild weekend fling into much, much more. If adding spice back into your marriage is your delight, check out Elise Marion’s The CEO’s Wife. Arranged marriages and forbidden love heat up the pages in Emily Fogle’s Sabella. My personal favorite, What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas, was fun, sexy and witty. Elizabeth Marx provides an excellent story. For the older, newly single gal, The Blind Date reminds us that chivalry is not dead and nice guys do exist. Jenna Pizzi provides hope for all the single ladies. Ablaze was HOT. Stuck in a storm with a ruggedly handsome ranch hand, it’s a wonder they snow didn’t melt from all the heat in that cabin. Morgan Black contributed a steamy story.

This anthology had it all from historical romance to outright erotica. It’s a quick read with great ideas to spice up your love life.

~~Lynn

~For more info click on the bookcover

Review: The Many Lives of Avery Snow (The Past Lives Series #1)

Author:  Christy Sloat
Website: http://www.christysloat.com/
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Published: January 11, 2012
Paperback:  208 pages
Rating on www.goodreads.com
Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
 
 
 
 
 
 

[Synopsis]

Avery Snow led a boring, no thrills life.  Now, at twenty-six, Avery is very used to being lonely. She enjoys her job at Sunrise Estates, it’s the one place where she doesn’t feel left out. Her boss, Kerri, is her best friend and Lucy O’Shea, a resident at the home, is a good friend to her as well. The night Lucy dies in Avery’s arms she delivers a haunting message. She tells Avery that a man looking for her from a past life. He will stop at nothing to have her. Now Avery is unable sleep for more than a few hours.  Too terrified to sleep for the dreams are too vivid and too real.  Her Spirit Guide, Ianni, comes to help. Ianni shows Avery her past lives and tells her about the man who is stalking her soul. Now Avery remembers every life she has ever lived and she remembers the man she shared them with. The problem is Avery is in love with someone else in this life. Ianni must help keep Avery from making the wrong choice.  She also must keep her safe from the Dark Guides who are after Avery. Now Avery must make choices she never has before. This once lonely girl is now surrounded by Spirit Guides, psychics, Demonic Angels and two men fighting for her love. Do you believe in reincarnation and a love that can last lifetimes?

Review:

It has taken me a few days to gather my thoughts regarding a review of this book. Not because I didn’t like or enjoy the book but because I LOVED IT! Every woman should be so lucky as to have a love transcend time, space and defy God and the Angels like Avery and Landon. Don’t be confused and think this is a sappy love story. It is not. It has that special Christy Sloat twist that makes her style unique. You wont be able to put this book down.

We begin with Avery who has had a trouble life filled with heartache. Until recently her life has been boring but now she is falling for the cute bartender, Dallas, and having strange dreams about another man and a woman who appears to be her. Enter in her Spirit Guide Ianni and we have a story. Avery learns from Ianni that she has lived many lives and in each life her soul mate has found her and they have lived a happy life together. Now others have been hurt in the process and Avery is ready to strike out and experience life with someone other than her soul mate. Enter Landon AKA the soul mate. Landon can love no other but after seeing Avery with his cousin (yes a new twist), Dallas, he is wiling to walk away and see things from the sidelines. But of course Avery waivers with her decision and must fight her feelings for Landon while trying to move on with Dallas, and oh did I mention the Dark Guides after Landon and Avery’s souls. Life is hard enough without demons and angels interfering. This is not your typical love story but that’s what makes it FANTASTIC. I could not put this book down. Who’s team will you be on? Team Landon or Team Dallas.

~~Lynn

~For more info click on the book cover

Review: Destined for Darkness

 
Author: Lucian Barnes
Website: http://lucianbarnes.wix.com/author
Published: November 18, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
E Book: 206 pages
Rating on http://www.goodreads.com
Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy
 
 
 
 

 

 

[Synopsis]

Frank Mancini had suffered with his abusive mother for many years, until the day that he snapped. After telling his friend, Johnny, about the incident, his friend encouraged him to leave Misty Hollows. Taking his advice, Frank journeyed across the country to California hoping for a fresh start. Shortly after his arrival, he met a beautiful woman. He was determined to hide his dark past from her, especially after finding out that she was a psychic, able to see both the past and the future of anyone she came into contact with. He managed to hide his secrets from her until several years after they’d gotten married and started a family. Fearing that she would turn him in to the police, he killed her. Not realizing that his son, George, witnessed this act, Frank decided to take him back to Misty Hollows. How would the memory of his mother’s death effect young George? Would he follow in his father’s footsteps? Journey through the years, from infancy to adulthood, with George to see if he can resist the inner darkness.

Review
Destined for Darkness is the first book I have read by Lucian Barnes.  All I can say is WOWZERS!  This thrill ride sucks you in immediately and won’t let go.

At first, you feel sorry for Frank Mancini.  He is severely abused by his mother and his dad seems oblivious to it all.  After years of torture, Frank snaps brutally killing and mutilating his mother.  Frank leaves Ohio and starts a new life in California.  There he meets a wonderful girl, April, quickly falls in love and starts a family.  Just as you start to feel that Frank deserves some happiness, he begins to kill again.  He even goes so far as to kill his wife, April, in front of their young son, George.  With his life in California destroyed, Franks decides to return home to Ohio to raise George. The story doesn’t end here.  The reader follows George growing up in Misty Hollows.  As George gets older, he begins to learn secrets about his father.  Secrets that shatter and disgust George forcing him to leave home.  It becomes evident that George is following a very similar path as Frank did all those years ago.  Will the sins of the father be revisited upon the son?

Lucian Barnes has a way of bringing crazy to the table so everyone can understand it.  With hints of a Stephen King like style he seems to have a flare for the demented.  His books reel you in, gripping you till the end and then relinquish you long enough to give you nightmares that night.

~~Lynn

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Review: The Bionics Series Books 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

Author:  Alicia Michaels
Website: http://www.fantasybyalicia.com/
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
All Ebooks
Rating on www.goodreads.com
YA, Romance, Science Fiction

The Bionics Series is a group of short (120-150 pages) stories meant to be read as a group. This is not a stand alone book. In order to fully understand and comprehend the reader needs to read the series in order. Each book is told in a different characters POV. In doing so the author gives you a unique understanding of all sides. Honestly from the synopsis I didn’t think I would like this book. Sci Fi, dystopian type books are not my genre, but Bionics surprised me. The series is based on a group of outcasts called the Bionics. The US Government who made them after the horrific bombings that shattered the land and its people, has now turned against them and sees the Bionics as a threat. Due to the mechanics of having titanium legs, bionic eyes and Kevlar skin the government is scared that with the Bionics physical superiority they may take over. The Government declares that all Bionics must be destroyed thus making the Bionics fugitives on the run. The Government also runs false propaganda against them to turn the “normal people” against them. The Bionics as a whole are not a violent people and want to live normally as they did before. Striving to maintain their way of life the Bionics are forced to live in refuge camps in hiding. Teams go out in search of others like them and bring them back to city they have created. This is a great series that showcases the heart of the human spirit. It shows us that our differences are what make us who we are and that those differences should be embraced and not ridiculed or punished.

Bionics (Book 1)

In Book 1 the reader is introduced to the Resistance. A group of Bionics that strive to be accepted and live in a world that shuns them. The main character, Blythe, is well developed. You feel her struggles and the reader connects to her story. Blythe saw her family gunned down because they refused to turn her over to the Military Police to be destroyed. She fights the demons inside her daily and with the help of her friend, Dax, she copes. Her salvation is in finding and rescuing others like her.

It is a well written opening book. You do have to read Book Two to finish the story.

Titanium (Book 2)

Book 2, Titanium, picks up immediately where Book 1 ended so you will not be disappoint. There is not a recap so you need to read the series in order. Again, I have to say that this is not my genre but the author, Alicia Michaels, does an excellent job of painting a canvas of a post apocalyptic world that sucks me in every time. I am compelled to complete this series.

Book 2 is written from the view point of Dax. We get his shady back story and well as a gruff look at the Resistance and their plan to rescue the hostages and other Bionics by storming the Capital. The romance that he wants between himself and Blythe is explored in Book 2 also. Don’t be fooled. This is no sappy love story. The action and suspense grips all pages. You won’t be able to put this book down. Once again we end with a conflict so moving on to Book 3 is a must!

Secrets (Book 3)

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Alicia Michaels and her Bionics Series. These stories play out in my head like a television series. Mrs. Michael’s vivid descriptions of the post bombed U.S. and the part human, part machine Bionics comes alive in my imagination. I am so glad I gave this series a shot. I haven’t been able to put it down.

Secrets is action packed just like the books before it. This installment is told form the POV of Gage. There is never a dull moment in this series. Gage, Dax, Blythe, the Professor, and others stage a rescue for Olivia and other Bionics from the prison in Washington D.C. Of course dangers and unexpected chaos arises. The team gets separated and receives aid from a very unlikely source, The Rejects. This doesn’t come without a price. As the title suggests, secrets are revealed and lives are changed forever. I cannot wait to pick up Spark and continue this storyline!

Spark (Book 4)

In the fourth installment of The Bionics Series, Spark picks up with the Resistance battling the Rejects as well as battling the negative propaganda perpetrated by the Government. This installment is told from the POV of Blythe. Blythe has endured a lot in the previous books and you really see her come out in this book. Without giving away spoilers, get ready to see the kick ass side of Blythe as she emerges into a warrior in the battle against the Rejects. The Resistance also gets some unlikely help from a former Army Corporal. Look for something that Gage said back in Book 3 to create a “spark” in book 4.

As I have said in previous reviews of this series, I didn’t think I would like it but wanted to give the author a shot. This has been a great, exciting, fast paced series. I am now in the midst of a book hangover until another installment is released.

~~Lynn

~For more info click on the bookcovers.