Thursday, June 22

Book Review: Love on the Range by Sondra Grey

Author: Sondra Grey
Title: Love on the Range
Genre: Historical Romance & Western
Pages: ebook 
Published: May 2017
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)

Accomplished Elizabeth Price is at the end of her options. Having attended medical college and finishing at the top of her class, she is refused her degree without explanation from her male professors. 
Her father and protector has just died and she must flee Connecticut and the lecherous advances of the elderly men who have threatened to ruin her reputation for not agreeing to their advances. Elizabeth seizes the opportunity to become the mail-order bride to honorable rancher, Nicholas Rhymer in Wyoming. Nicholas must marry by his thirtieth birthday in order to retain his ranch, but there is no one for him to marry in town, not since he lost the love of his life, Jessica, in a terrible carriage accident. A homely and meek mail-order bride is just the answer to his needs, someone he can marry who can run his home and not interfere with his emotions. What will happen when Nic meets Lizzie and finds her to be neither homely or meek? Will their marriage be more than just convenience for both of them, or will they allow themselves to fall into something deeper? And what of the ghost of past love that haunts Nic’s heart?

Oooooooooh, what a super bummer that I had to DNF this. I had some hope, because I do love Westerns and adding romances are fun too. Bummer. 

I got about halfway through this, but I could not finish it. The characters were the epitome of 2D and the storyline was interesting, but unrealistic and it seemed to fizzle and die. 

I didn't mind Lizzie and I actually really felt bad for her. Nic was meh. He seemed to get better but goodness knows. 

In the end, not for me. I still want to read more of this author's stuff since I liked her last one I read. A big DNF in end. 

Wednesday, June 21

Book Review: Heart of Stone by Debra Mullins

Author: Debra Mullins
Title: Heart of Stone (Truth Seers #2)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Published: October 2014
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer.

Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her—just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped.

Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn't count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?

I am really loving this world. It is such an interesting concept with interesting characters. There is a lot to learn about this world and all the different powers, but I am glad that the author is slowly introducing the world and history to the readers. I can't wait to learn more. Honestly, the first book should be read first due to the backstory. 

This story follows Darius is a Seer, who has the ability to feel other people's emotion, and Faith who is a Stone Singer. They have a lot of issues internally and there is a war that started brewing in the last book. 

I really loved Faith's power! It's hard to really explain, but I would want her power...except I wouldn't want to be the only one left and people are hunting me to wrangle the stones of power.

The only issue with the book was the ending. The ending just, well, ended. Sure, I want to read the next one, but it was so anti-climatic and a sad attempt at being a cliff-hanger. 

GAH!!!!! I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ADRIAN! Who are you mysterious man?!  He seems so complex and has a crazy past. There was a huge reveal. I anticipated something of that nature, but it was still a good twist. 

In the end, this was a good read! I am really liking this world and the characters. Can't wait for the next book. The ending was a meh, but the rest was good. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 

Tuesday, June 20

Time for TV Tuesday #3

**Someone had asked me why I don't discuss the shows that I watch since I seem to watch more TV compared to movies. This is an excellent question. Well...I will be doing this weekly Tuesday post sharing what I watching and some of my thoughts. Of course, I highly encourage sharing what you are watching too!!**

Most Recently Finished: 

TURN: Washington's Spies (Season 3)

This show follows a small, but extremely important part of George Washington's army during the American Revolution. There was a small group of spies assembled to gather information for the American Army. The head spy is a cabbage farmer by the name of Abraham, alias Culper. He enlists his old childhood friends and a couple strangers to run this ring. 

Now, this is season 3. Season 1 and 2 were good. Season 1 started slow, but got amazing. Season 2 started amazing, but fizzled out due to all the drama with the whole who-loves-who and etc. I was a little worried about Season 3, but I was still excited, because who doesn't love spies?

Season 3 was by far the best season so far! I giddy and could not stop watching. I finished this in two days (damn sleep and work getting in the way).  

I am really sad two of my favorites are gone from the show. Sad! However, I still have one favorite last. I will be PISSED if they write him off or kill him. GAH! I believe he was real, but I am scared to actually look it up. 0_0

But yes, there is still some of the old love-interest drama, but it is mainly all gone now. Still residual and still there, but it's to a level where I do not think it is ruining the plot like it did last season. 

I highly recommend this show for history lovers. I'll give this season a solid 5 (even though I am not pleased with the whole getting rid of all my favorite character >_> Hurmph). 

Currently Watching: 

Rules of Engagement

I've always wanted to watch this show. I started season 1 (I am nearly done already - dang!) and will be starting season 2 soon. I'll give a status update next week. But yeah - so far so good. It started really slow and the humor seemed forced. Pilots are always so rough, I swear. However, it is warming up and I am loving the characters. I'm glad that they are all friends, but realistic friends that met just because they are neighbors. Feels real. The only character I am meh about so far is Russell (David Spade). Sure, he is funny...but he feels so 2D and so stereotypical. Hopefully they build his character more. *fingers crossed*

Monday, June 19

Blodeudd's Monday Review: Maybe This Love by Jennifer Snow

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills---on and off the ice---and he's not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it's time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer---fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn't need anyone derailing her career---or her dreams of starting a family---least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he's unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he's the real deal. She's slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change---or if he's just playing the game.

My thoughts:
He was drunk, he did something stupid and now he needs to get out of his mess. And honestly it was not a bad thing he did. But yes still a mess. And sure he was a player, but I can forgive that. He just needed the right woman ;)

Olivia liked her job, she was focused and she wanted a baby. She is also the opposing lawyer. But how sparks flew. But she should stay away. But damn he was fine. Though how she could be all I can't do that, when she did not even tell him her secret.

They can't date but they grow closer. I liked that he wanted her, and she, well she does want a family and thinks he can't give her that. Being a player and all.

And there is hockey too of course, it's a sports romance after all. He plays hockey and should focus so he does not croak. It's Stanley Cup after all! At least I get hockey so I liked that.

Will they wont they. Yes they will


Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Forever
Colorado Ice #2
Contemporary romance