Shelly Laurenston

September Book Review

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I wanted to start this post by stating that for the next couple of post will feature reviews that were done in the month of September, October and November.  Why so many at once you may ask?  Well….the person that usually translates our monthly reviews had written the reviews out, BUT just couldn’t coordinate her life to allow her to post the reviews.  They were sitting on a jump drive waiting to be transferred to the web.  Please forgive us and continue to follow us.  We really would appreciate your comments and questions.  It will give us an idea of what additional content we can provide on our page.  Thanks. 

This month we started a trend of reading 3 books instead of 2. Why do would we subject ourselves to this type of pressure? Honestly, one of the books was a short one….only around 100 pages. If you dedicate a day to it, you can finish it in that day. We also had an extra week to read, because some of our members were going to be away the weekend of our regular meeting so we rescheduled for the following week. But enough about book club business; let’s talk about these books.

The shortest book of the bunch was by Mariah Stone called Fortress of Time.

There was a even shorter book that was a prelude to this book (One Night With A Viking) that the majority of us read. Why do you ask? Because 1) we were afraid we might be lost if we didn’t read it first; and 2) it was short and it would be a way to add another quick book to our Goodreads reading challenge number. In both books the synopsis is that modern, independent women are thrust back in time to the Viking era by one of the Fates. The first woman is out with friends at her bachelorette party that she did not want. Her friends are making comments that she needs to loosen up before she signs her life away to a unromantic, unpassionate marriage she needs to have a good time. Due to the way she grew up, she craves stability and a firm sense of security; this marriage is going to give her that, she doesn’t need to loosen up – she just needs to marry this guy. Something happens that makes her leave the club early and on her own when she “meets” the Fate that sends her back in time. This book was around 60 pages. The “Love” story that ensues is not super believable, but we read it. The second book which was the one that we were truly supposed to read involved an attorney that fought for the rights of women. She is sent back in time to be with a Viking that is distrustful of women. They fall in love, but she goes back home only to feel so sad and despondent because she misses the “love of her life”. She decides to find a way to go back in time. Not without packing a suitcase of must have toiletries. Collectively, our group was not a fan of these books. One member described it perfectly saying, “I felt the book was too short and that made the story not as good as it could be. Too rushed to believe that any modern woman would give up toilets and other modern conveniences for a love that I didn’t believe was realized enough between the hero and heroine.” Both of these books got 1 smooch. clip_image004

The second book we will discuss is Temptation’s Darling by Johanna Lynsay.

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This was a Historical Romance written by one of our favorite authors. This is the story of the eldest daughter of a man who is forced into exile after he kills a man that was caught in a compromising scenario with his wife. The eldest daughter stows away when her father leaves her mother so that she can go with her father. She ends up living the remaining years of her teenage years with her father. She is allowed to be free – allowed to dress like a young man, riding astride, being able to shot a gun with significant skill. When she goes back to her mother to finally have her season with her younger twin sisters; she makes the acquaintance of 3 gentlemen that are trying to hide their identity while she is in “disguise” as a young man so that she can travel without the pomp and circumstance that is required for women. A mutual attraction between one of the gentlemen and the eldest daughter; but they can’t be together because she agrees to marry the son of the man who sent her father into exile with the promise that once it’s done, her father could come back to the ton. One of our members is NOT a fan of historical romance; hence she did not finish the book. The rest of us who read it felt it was okay, but felt that Johanna Lynsay has done better. We gave this one 3 smooches. clip_image007 clip_image008clip_image008[1]

The final book we read was the first in a new series by G.A. Aiken (aka Shelley Laurenston) The Blacksmith Queen of The Scarred Earth Saga.

Just a side note: when the synopsis of this book is given, very light spoilers will be given. If you plan on reading this book and don’t want spoilers, we suggest you skip to the end of this section and backtrack. This book is about a family of blacksmith (and farmers), specifically Keeley the eldest daughter a happy, fulfilled blacksmith who is also amazing at her legacy profession as well as an amazing fighter especially when she is using her hammer. Things go haywire when she is prophesied to be the next queen along with her sibling. Said sibling betrays her and the family. She is eventually heals and gets over her guilt and despair that her sibling would do this to them. The family moves on very quickly – well before Keeley – the heroine) and they all set about ways to defeat the bad seed and place Keeley on the throne. Did we mention there are Centaur’s in this story that is helping Keeley and her family; and Keeley becomes attached to one of them? That’s how the hero of this story is introduced. This was by far the favorite of all of the books we read this month. AND WE LOVED EVERY PART OF IT! Except that the story was over until the next book comes out. It was funny, it was serious, it was exciting, it was all of the things. G.A. Aiken has yet to write a book that we haven’t liked, even when she writes as Shelley Laurenston. It wasn’t full of romance, but it was full of everything else. We all had opinions about this book and they were ALL good. This got 5 smoochies. clip_image012

If you’ve had a chance to sit down and read these books, let us know what you thought of them.  We welcome all opinions and commentary.  Until next time.



Book Review for April 2019

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This month we had three books to read:  In a Badger Way by Shelley Laurenston, Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan, and Driven to Distraction by Lori Foster. 

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We read Driven to Distraction in preparation of the second book of the series that we will read next month that we will be have for our book discussion at the Reader and Author Get Together.  This was the story of  Mary Daniels and Brody Crews.  You are introduced to Mustang Transport Courier Service, a courier service.  Surprising this was not a favorite in the Lori Foster library.  The heroine in these book was not liked by majority of us. And the hero came across as juvenile.  We loved the dog, Howler.  Was the bag guy really the bad guy?  We want the the bad guys book where he gets with Brody’s mother to come out. One reader felt that this book was really not too bad, she stated that she has read this book before and not gotten unset or frustrated.  “I’ve read worse”, is what she stated.  Having said that, this book received 2.5 smooches.  smoochies[1]smoochies[1]

Vengeance Road is the 2nd book in the Torpedo Ink series that is a spinoff of the Sisters of the Heart and Drake Sisters series.  This is the story of Steel, the second in command of the Torpedo Ink biker club and Breezy, the daughter of a member of a biker gang that Torpedo Ink had taken down in the past..  This book was enjoyed by most.  Christine Feehan is known for having very alpha men that can be thought to be walking a very thin line between alpha and controlling.  This was something that was irritating to some of us.  Others have come to understand that that is the nature of these books as well as the author.  The world of cut-throat bikers can be much, but you really love the way Torpedo Ink is dangerous in a way that is trying to be helpful to the disadvantaged and looking to positively insert themselves into the community.  We were on pins and needles waiting on the rescue and wanted that to happen a lot sooner.  We gave this book 3 smooches. smoochies[1]smoochies[1]smoochies[1]

In a Badger Way is the second book in the Honey Badger series.  This is the series is all about shifters and Shelley Laurenston does an awesome job of capturing the personalities and characteristics of each animal type.  This is the story of Stevie, the baby sister of the honey badger sisters that is genius who suffers from OCD, anxiety and depression.  She also has a very extreme fear of bears which is ironic because she gets with Zhen, the panda shifter who was hired by the wild dog prodigy family to protect Kyle who is staying with the honey badgers because his family has little patience for him but Stevie can take him.  This book was hilarious as expected.  Even with everyone not having finished the book; we all thoroughly enjoyed the book.  We all agreed that this story was not about the romance, but the many characters.  We gave it 5 smooches. smoochies[1]smoochies[1]smoochies[1]smoochies[1]smoochies[1]

Next month we will be reading Slow Ride by Lori Foster


and Toxic Game by Christine Feehan


as we get prepared for our book discussion and games at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together. If you’re going to be at the event, come and see us.  We’ll be having our event on Thursday, June 6, 2019.  For more information, check out the RAGT web page:  We may or may not have an actual review for you because we will be saving info for the games.  Let us know if you want a review anyway in the comments below.  Until next month…



If we had our wish…

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Have you ever read a book and enjoyed it so much that you felt, that you had to meet the author.  You had to meet the author because you just knew she (or he) had to be real cool people to write such an awesome book.

Throughout the years we have had the opportunity to meet many great authors and we have to say that most, if not all, of them have lived up to our expectations.  However, there are still a few out there that we would love to take some time out and chat with them.  We have not had the pleasure of meeting these authors due logistics.  So we are going to write up this little wish list in hopes of one day meeting them or even receiving the pleasure of a phone/Skype conversation.

1) Nora Roberts / JD Robb – Why???? Because she is AWESOME.  She has movies, and the In Death series needs to be made into a television series and if HBO or FX wants to do that for us, we can be called on for technical advice (because we really know how it should be done. Smile)

2) Laurann Dohner – This sister snuck up on us with the New Species series.  We cannot forget to mention the Zorn Warriors series also.  AND the Cyborg series.  We’re thinking all of her series.  This “in-house supervisor” sure does know she can write a book that draws you in so completely you can’t wait to get the books.

3) Shelly Laurenston – This woman can write about a shifter that is such an accurate depiction of the animal she is writing about that you know she has done her research. We know she saw “the Honey Badger don’t care” video. Smile  Her heroines are kickass, and very down to earth.  We have been searching for an event, appearance, a something so that we can laugh with her.

4) Kristen Ashley – this is a new author to us and she has spread through our bookclub like wildfire.  Not only do we like all of her work, she is an Indiana native.  Although she is now in the UK, we still would like the opportunity to have a chat with her.  If you don’t find yourself chuckling during one of her books, you aren’t human.  If you have not read any of her books, start out with the Rock Chick series and continue on.  Rock Chicks ROCK ON!!!!

5)  Kresley Cole – We’ve been reading her Immortals series, for several years now and we are so glad we found her in an anthology.  (If you don’t, you should check out some of the smaller authors in anthologies, you can find a jewel).  She makes you laugh (who knew Valkyries could be funny and fierce) and draws you in to the intense action at the same time.

6) Gena Showalter – A lot of us never thought we would be able to read books about demons and like them, but then came the Lords of the Underworld series.  Not only did she pull off demons, but she brought in angels and we really like them too. 

There are many more authors out there, Rebecca Zanetti, Donna Grant, Jayne Ann Krentz, and others.  These were just the ones that always get the same response every time we read one of their books – “I REALLY WANT TO MEET HER!”



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