Rachael Tamayo

International Best Selling& Award winning Author and Book Reviewer. Author of romance, thriller and suspense. 

 

 

Copy of A Penny's Worth by Cynthia Austin (REPOST)

Damn, she did it again. The last time I read one of this woman's books I absolutely was sucked in and loved it. This one is even better than the last one!  I’ve been a fan of this author since I read her first book, and when this one came out it went right on my reading list. Finally I get to it and it didn’t disappoint. This book exceeded my expectations and then some.

Not to mention the fact that she totally surprised me, didn't see that coming at all! And let me tell you, I'm damn hard to surprise.  

Her characters are just so good. Real, conflicted, layered people. Not one dimensional bits of fluff that I've read in other books.  She does a brilliant job creating this world and the people that live in it.  

With characters that are just amazing and layered and real, a white knuckle ending and a fantastic love story in between, it’s got it all. Absolutely loved to hate Ezra and get annoyed with Sara and saying “Omg!” Out loud while reading. A can’t put it down -fantastic book.

Check it out on Amazon here. 

Texas Jewel by Melissa Alexia

Those of you that know me, or follow my blog, you know that I don’t often post books that I don’t care for. But this one… let’s let the review speak for itself.

First of all, I am from Texas and It really bothered me that this character is supposed to be representing us down here. We have a hard enough time with the rest of the world thinking we are all bow-legged country folk that chew straw and ride horses to work as it is, without this crap.

But let me back up a touch. When I opened this book I had high hopes, sounded like a nice chick-lit style suspense. It was disappointing when it fell flat right away. While reading this, I got lost and confused so many times. I found myself flipping back and re-reading, thinking I’d missed something. I didn’t miss anything, it was just that confusing to read. When the plot has good bones, it’s terribly frustrating to see it fall so short. My issues were with a very unlikable main character, casual drug use, unrealistic plot, and racism.

Yes, I said it, Racism. When the main character assumes that the person that is kidnapping her ( and the “kidnapping” is questionable) is Indian… that’s messed up. American Indian. I quote:

“So here were my options: A. Go with a pack of wild Indians, which I assumed they were since I was apparently being bartered with…”

NO WORDS. I was forced to close the book. This, the dope smoking, the fact that the main character is supposed to be virginal and she wants to dry hump (and actually does at one point) every man she meets is eye rolling. Not realistic.

But, don’t let me sway you, please pick it up and read it for yourself.


The Sound of Wolves by Elle Marlow

The Master of Western Romance does it again in her newest book, the conclusion to her Native Brides series. This one is a little more graphic, a little more sexy, and just as good, if not better than all of Marlow’s works. I’ve never been disappointed reading one of her books.

One of the things that I love about Western Romance is that it really takes me away. Thrown back in time to a gritty, rough, dirty way of life. Women were either delicate and genteel or forced to be tough as hell in the old west, and Marlow never fails to drop me right into a story worthy of True Grit.

Speaking of True Grit, Christine reminded me of young Mattie Ross. Her rough around the edges, but smart as a whip way and no nonsense way echoed the classic character in nothing less than a terrific style.

Nothing less than fantastic. I’ve loved every book that I’ve ready by Elle Marlow, and this one is no different. I have never cared for historical romance, but I love these books.

I, Avatar by Heather Harrison

How often have I read a book and when I reached the end said, damn that book was just way to short… I’ll give you a hint… almost never. Most o f the time I read a book and by the end I’m satisfied… or the book was way to long and I’m just glad to be done. This short story begs to be a full length novel, hell, I’m begging.

Please make this a novel!

The concept here is nothing short of genius. Heather Harrison does it again, a twist on horror, sci-fi, and drama all rolled into one tasty nugget of a story that leave you begging for more. If you have followed my reviews, you know by now that I don’t give away spoilers or content. Can’t give it away, I beg you to read this one if you are a fan of these genres. I’m not a fan of sci-fi, but I adore stories that are just twisted enough to make me think and be different. I tire of the same tale told or the umpteenth time.

Fresh and just damn, I loved it. Available on Amazon.


The Divinity Bureau: Tessa Clare

This book was good. The best thing about it was the humanity of the characters. They were deep, flawed, and I could relate. There was none of that perfect girl meets perfect boy and they fall perfectly in love (accept for oops there is a misunderstanding). It was real, they were hurting, they made mistakes.

Living in a world that gave me anxiety just to read about-(no spoilers here!) and with death looming overhead, it was a page turner. I found myself wondering what they could possibly do… and wondering what will happen to them in book two.

“The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet in this must-read new adult dystopian romance.” 

The Hunger Games is one of my top five favorites. I could really see the echos of inspiration there. There were moments when I wondered if it was a bit to much like it, but I realize that in every dystopian story this kind of thing is a centralized theme. I didn’t quite get Romeo and Juliet, but they were total opposites and from different worlds.

But all in all, it was a great read. totally worth picking up if you are a lover of this genre. You won’t be sorry.


Franny's Fables by Heather Harrison

OK so I absolutely loved this book.  It's a short read, and normally I'm OK with that but this was just so damn good that I was sad when it was over.  Fabulous-Fantastic-brilliant. 

I reserve my five-star reviews for books that I fall in love with. the ones that I can't put down, and this one I just wish I could give it more stars.  Harrison's story is simply brilliant. A dark romance that I adored, from start to finish.  I've never been into a lot of paranormal, despite having written it myself, but this one was different. The characters were different, the execution, everything was fresh.  Not to mention how the book started... wow.  

I can't say enough good things about it.  She's got a fan for life in me after I read this book, and I'll be checking out her other titles.   Read this, you won't be sorry that you did. 

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He's a Demon.

Before Cora, there was Mae. Before his crippling obsession with Keeping one woman to himself--there was another.  What he desires, he takes. What he takes enslaves him. 

He's a beautiful creature driven my the depths of pure want but enslaved to the whims of Lucifer. 

Before Cora, Devin was free to play, leaving sex in his wake wherever he went. Occasionally, he craved contact with a human woman. Desperate need for skin, for release.  

He's had a taste of Mae, and now he can't get enough.  

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Exclusive Content: Devin Unchained Part IV

He's a Demon.

Before Cora, there was Mae. Before his crippling obsession with Keeping one woman to himself--there was another.  What he desires, he takes. What he takes enslaves him. 

He's a beautiful creature driven my the depths of pure want but enslaved to the whims of Lucifer. 

Before Cora, Devin was free to play, leaving sex in his wake wherever he went. Occasionally, he craved contact with a human woman. Desperate need for skin, for release.  

He spots Mae in a quiet bar. Alone, untouched by the darkness of animal desire.  She's to be his next obsession

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He's a Demon.

He's a beautiful creature driven my the depths of pure want, but enslaved to the whims of Lucifer. 

Before Cora, Devin was free to play, leaving sex in his wake wherever he went. Occasionally, he craved contact with a human woman. Desperate need for skin, for release.  

He spots Mae in a quiet bar. Alone, untouched by the darkness of animal desire.  She's to be his next obsession

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He's a Demon.

He's a beautiful creature driven my the depths of pure want, but enslaved to the whims of Lucifer. 

Before Cora, Devin was free to play, leaving sex in his wake wherever he went. Occasionally, he craved contact with a human woman. Desperate need for skin, for release.  

He spots Mae in a quiet bar. Alone, untouched by the darkness of animal desire.  She's to be his next obsession

 

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Exclusive Content: Devin Unchained-The prequel to Lucifer's Game

He's a Demon.

He's a beautiful creature driven my the depths of pure want, but enslaved to the whims of Lucifer. 

Before Cora, Devin was free to play, leaving sex in his wake wherever he went. Occasionally, he craved contact with a human woman. Desperate need for skin, for release.  

He spots Mae in a quiet bar. Alone, untouched by the darkness of animal desire.  She's to be his next obsession. 

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His Father's Blood -David W. Thompson

In this book, we continue the legend of the Dyer family a couple of generations later in a Grandson of Moll Dyer, the legendary witch.  In this sequel, an entirely new character, new story, yet it still stems from the family legend. This book can be read without first reading it's predecessor, Sister Witch.

Now that that little tidbit is out of the way... I read this book with the full expectation and knowledge that a sequel rarely ever surpasses, let alone lives up to, the first book. 

I was wrong.

In Sister Witch, we encountered a slow, steady pace with an ever-building evil that leads us to an epic end. This time around, the pace is face, break-neck in fact, and the depth of the characters left me Googling for more information (since I live in Texas and had no previous knowledge of Moll or the accusations against her.) As I read this book, carefully woven, laced with a dark intrigue that keeps you turning the page again and again. In the end, I was left gasping and eager for the next book.  I highly recommend this one, you won't be disappointed if you are any sort of fan of the paranormal or the dark vein of fantasy with a historical twist.  Check it our here on Amazon, free on Kindle Unlimited. 

Spin: By Genevieve Raas

Fairy tale re-tellings can be iffy sometimes.  Its taking a chance to retell a story that's been told about a billion times before, right? So I picked this book up. Rumplestiltskin this time around.

Honestly... I didn't like it. 

I LOVED IT.

Holy crap this is the best thing I've read this year... no lie.  The first line of the first page got me, and I read the entire book in one day.  I absolutly cannot wait to read the second book. 

I love what she did with him, his character is dark and mysterious, true to the fairy tale and yet sexy.  I found myself rooting for him, wondering if he was good or bad.  Hoping that maybe he would give into his desires for the fair maiden and throw her down in one of those piles of hay before sitting down to spin it into gold for her. 

Raas found a way to freshen up this tale, make it believable, and take you away with just flat out fabulous writing.  If you read one book, read this one.  I just adored it. 

Mel and the Mob: Molly V Lovell

Mel is a lawyer. She's smart, classy, and a little sassy.  And she gets herself into a bit of a pickle in this book. But with the help of her boss' teenage daughter she manages to wiggle her way out of it. Somehow, I don't think we are done with Mel and her predicaments.

I enjoyed this read.  It was smart and smooth, not to complicated and stressful like some books I've read where the author tries too hard and makes the book so difficult to read it's just easier to put it down than to figure out what is going on.  Nice plot, not to many characters, and they are all likable.  I hope to see something romantic spark for Mel in the next book, without giving anything away. I would totally read the next book in this installment when it comes out. 

Available now on Amazon here. 

Outside Ascension: Amy Proebstel

When it comes to fantasy, I'm a tough nut to crack. As a self admitted book-snob, I struggle to find books that I just love, especially in this genre.  My all time favorite author is a master of all things fantasy, far-fetched and thrillers... Ted Dekker. I've yet to find anyone that I love as much as I love his books. 

That being said...this book was really a good read. It had very light Christian undertones (I picked up on them being raised a die-hard baptist... and former avid reader of nothing but Christian fiction until I branched out) that reminded me a little of Ted Dekker. The way he weaved a story, pulling you in, and you don't realize it until you look up and it's two in the morning.  The author here has a masterful way of creating not just one, but two worlds that suck you into them and keep you salivating for more. 

This book has that I can't put it down quality that I love, even though in parts it did start to drag a little bit. (Hey, no one is perfect, right?) The ending isn't so much a cliff hanger as it is a crap where is the next book what's going to happen!? 

I really enjoyed this book, and I will absolutely  be finishing this series.  

A Penny's Worth by Cynthia Austin

Damn, she did it again. The last time I read one of this woman's books I absolutely was sucked in and loved it. This one is even better than the last one!  I’ve been a fan of this author since I read her first book, and when this one came out it went right on my reading list. Finally I get to it and it didn’t disappoint. This book exceeded my expectations and then some.

Not to mention the fact that she totally surprised me, didn't see that coming at all! And let me tell you, I'm damn hard to surprise.  

Her characters are just so good. Real, conflicted, layered people. Not one dimensional bits of fluff that I've read in other books.  She does a brilliant job creating this world and the people that live in it.  

With characters that are just amazing and layered and real, a white knuckle ending and a fantastic love story in between, it’s got it all. Absolutely loved to hate Ezra and get annoyed with Sara and saying “Omg!” Out loud while reading. A can’t put it down -fantastic book.

Check it out on Amazon here. 

Sister Witch: The life of Moll Dyer By David Thompson

I like book reviews. I read book reviews, so after a bit of a break, I'm back posting my thoughts on all the things I'm reading.

To accounce my return to this world, I'm here to talk about an Urban Paranormal Fantasy. This book is the story of a woman, a legend in the North East, Moll Dyer. It's said that her spirit haunts the area talked about in this book. Now, being from Texas, I've never heard of her. However-after reading this book you can be sure that I did some Googling! 

As I read this book, I enjoyed the authors attention to detail and was reminded of my childhood. Why? Because as a kid and growing up, my favorite books were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I read them all, every single one, some more than once. I loved the old timey way of life, it fascinated me. I found a touch of that here, being that Moll lived at the end of the 1600's.   I realize that some might find these details mundane, even slow or boring-but I loved them.  Really took me back to all those books I loved as a kid. And you can be sure, books create memories-and I really enjoyed the fact that this read took me back to them.

I liked the story as well, and I could connect with Moll. Thompson created a real character here, a woman that is like so many living today. Screwed over by events she had no control over, starting over, pulling herself up by her bootstraps and doing what she had to in order to get by.  Loved the character, the book, the memories.  Looking forward to seeing what this new author comes out with next.