Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ARC REVIEW DC Universe Rebirth All Star Batman: vol 3 The First Ally

All Star Batman

vol 3: The First Ally

DC Universe Rebirth
Story by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
Art by Rafael Albuquerque, Sebastian Fiumara

Story: There are two stories to this the first obviously The First Ally story written by Scott Snyder. It deal heavily with Alfred, his internal struggle dealing with what Bruce Wayne has become and the part he played in it. The villain is someone from his past and while he is helping Batman deal with the Black and Whites (Penguin, Black Mask, Great White), Hush, and some others it flips back and forth between Alfred's youth and the current situation which is Batman trying to stop Hush and the Black and Whites from gaining control of a high tech device that can clone exact duplicates like it's a 3D printer. The second story Killers-In-Law written by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone is all about Batman infiltrating a Russian mob in Moscow to stop them from making an arms deal that could lead to a all out war in Gotham. 
Art: Rafael Albuquerque does the art for The First Ally story arc and Sebastian Fiumara did Killers-In-Law. Both did a great job beautiful images and the coloring (Jordie Bellaire, Chris Peters, Trish Mulvihill, Lee Loughridge) The covers Albuquerque did are my favorites they have a great light and dark contrast and the detail is so well done. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed Fiumara's work too.

Review: Overall, I did like this peek at Alfred's life before the Wayne's and his own troubled youth all the juicy bits after. While I did like that it explained how Alfred got to be as well trained and how he could teach this to Bruce but the whole thing with Briar and all that was a little too much. The analogy with the pirates and the classic pirate stories I'm torn on I liked it but it also came off as cheesy. But between the art and what of the story I liked, mainly Killers-In-Law, a solid four stars.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ARC REVIEW Lost to a Spy by Sharon Cullen

All the Queen's Spies #3, Yay, it's Tristan! I was looking forward to finding out who would be a match for the closed off Tristan. I was very excited to get this one. I love the series even though I usually try not to read historical romance with real historical figures as secondary characters. Not much of this one actually take place in the Scottish Court but in Tristan's print shop and the streets of Edinburgh. Tristan's job is to use the print shop to influence what the common people of Scotland think of Queen Mary and to turn them against her insuring that Queen Elizabeth remains in power of England and soon Scotland. Lady Emma has been friends with Queen Mary since she found out of the gross mistreatment done to Emma by her dead husband. Mary took Emma in so she would have a place to live and replaced all her inheritance that her husband squandered away. Mary has earned Emma's loyalty. 

Lady Emma is waking home with her ladies maid after a dinner with a friend, as cold as it is she soon regrets not taking them up on their offer to ready the coach for her. When they are almost home something happens and Emma really regrets not taking that coach now. There was an explosion and Emma got caught in the blast. Tristan after hearing the noise rushes to where the commotion is and finds an unconscious Lady Emma. Not knowing who she is or if she had any part in this mess he thinks it best he takes her with him so the royal guard doesn't just arrest her because it is said that the King died in the explosion. When Emma finally comes to she has no idea where she is, Tristan explains what happened and that it's best if she stays where she is until she's better. In there time together Emma has never felt more comfortable talking to someone and being with someone. During her somewhat brief marriage she was verbally and physically abused she never thought she could trust another man, but Tristan makes her want to feel again. Tristan never thought he could fall in love, after his failed marriage he thought he would be a spy for life, Emma makes him want more but he feels he isn't good enough for her because after all is said and done he is still just a stable master's son and she is connected to two of the most powerful families in Scotland. It isn't until after she seduces him that she realizes he is a spy for Elizabeth and he's been spreading the flyers speaking out against Mary. Her time with Tristan opened her eyes and she sees for more than she did in court than she ever did before. She realizes it's not safe anymore and with the death of the King and Mary in turmoil and the people speaking out against her and her adviser, Emma must pick between her loyalties and her heart.

Overall, this was such a good read. The romance between Emma and Tristan is easy and even with the whole he's a spy thing their romance is pretty smooth and well Tristan shows her what it's really like to make love. The majority of the book is them getting to know each other and falling in love and Tristan opening Emma's eyes up to the possibility that things are not what they seem at the palace. The whole spy plot and internal struggle of power within Mary's court is such a tangled web, I can't wait for what I think is the conclusion with Lagrange (finally) and Lady Margaret who has had small parts in all the books.          

Thursday, March 15, 2018

INKSLINGERS REVIEW & EXCERPT TOUR Crossing Promises by Kimberly Kincaid


From USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Kincaid comes CROSSING PROMISES, the third standalone title in the Cross Creek series, releasing March 5th! A series filled with rugged, salt of the earth heroes who happen to be brothers, and strong family dynamics. Each standalone novel is filled with heart, humor, and heat. Order your copies of the Cross Creek series today!


For Owen Cross, the only thing that matters more than family is farming. As the oldest Cross brother, the land is his legacy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make Cross Creek a success—including hiring local widow Cate McAllister to manage the bookkeeping tasks that are growing in his office like weeds. Cate’s as pragmatic as she is pretty, and she rattles his hard-fought composure at every turn.

Cate had known a lot of things about her husband before he died three years ago in a car accident, but how much debt he’d gotten them into wasn’t one of them. She needs her job at Cross Creek, even if her boss is both gruff and gorgeous. But Owen’s a family man, through and through, and the last thing Cate is interested in is anything—or anyone—with strings attached.

As Owen and Cate join forces to right the farm, they discover there’s more to the other than the surfaces shows, and that passion can be found in unexpected places. Can Cate heal from the loss of one family to gain the love of her life? Or will the past prove too much for the promise of the future?


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Owen and Cate, really are two peas in a pod they are both workaholics and don't mind the hard work. Cate is a widow who lost both her husband and her daughter in a car crash several years before and ever since she has been struggling to get out of the debt her husband left her. Working two jobs and stress baking is the only way she can handle it. Owen is close to finally breaking ground on the storefront produce stand he's been working to get going for what seems like forever but his bookkeeping skills are lacking. Cate is good with numbers and offers to do it for him the extra money will help pay the mortgage or else the bank will evict her. After a rocky start Cate and Owen make a promise to each other to be completely honest with each other about everything. Cate reveals that her marriage wasn't a happy one and her fear of going after her dream comes from the fact that her deceased husband was an ass. Owen convinces her to give a baking for a living a shot and with the help of Cross Creek her dreams can become a reality. Their relationship moves from friends to lovers fairly quickly even though they say they are "going slow" but it's not as easy as that they still haven't told each other everything and when they do it just might not be enough to keep them together.

Overall, a really good book. I really liked Cate's character you don't really find a lot women like her in books. Owen for all he seriousness and not acting like a jerk anymore was a great character. I really did love the farm aspect of this series. The passion the Owen felt for farming was just as palpable as his love for Cate. I really hope that there is at least one more book left in the series.   

Cate dragged a hand through her hair, her gaze moving over the boxes in disbelief. “Let me see if I’ve got this right. You don’t do any of your bookkeeping online. At all?”
“We do. Just not a lot of it,” he amended. The Cross men lived to work the land, not the ledgers. Sure, their current system was a little time consuming, but it wasn’t totally ineffective. Cross Creek had been running on it for decades. “We have software right here on the computer.” He paused to pull up the program they used for much of their bookkeeping before adding, “It’s just that none of us are great at using it.” 
“So I see,” Cate said after a quick perusal over his shoulder. 
Irritation splashed through Owen’s chest. “Our books aren’t that bad.” 
The parting of her lips said she was primed and ready to take him to the mat on that count, and damn it, he really didn’t have time to argue with her. “Look, I know it’s going to take some work to get things running smoothly in here.” 
“It’s going to take a lot more than that,” she murmured with a shake of her head, and just like that, Owen’s patience redlined. 
“Can you do it, or should I find someone else?” 
Once again, his words came out gruffer than planned. But before he could even think of cooking up an apology, Cate’s arms had snapped across the front of her sweater dress to form a don’t-mess-with-me knot that was far, far more of a turn-on than it had a right to be. 
“That’s what you hired me for, isn’t it? To manage your books effectively?” 
“Yes,” Owen answered carefully, still caught between the desire to be annoyed, the desire to apologize, and, well, just plain desire. 
“Well, then. Since I have my work cut out for me with a chainsaw, I suppose I should get to it,” Cate said. 
After a quick internal debate, Owen nodded. Brash or not, he needed her. More than he cared to admit. “Okay, then.” 
She answered by way of pushing up her sleeves and sliding an elastic from her wrist to secure her hair in a knot at the crown of her head. Even with the more casual edge, the powder-blue dress still hugged her curves, her calves flexing and releasing as she moved from one stack of boxes to the next in her heels, and he cleared his throat. 
“Just so you know, we’re pretty casual around here. You don’t have to look nice.” 
Cate’s cheeks flushed a shade of pink that, while highly pretty, didn’t bode well for him in the mending-fences department. “Good to know,” she said, and holy hell, why did his mouth refuse to cooperate with his brain around this woman? 
“Not that you don’t look, uh. Fine like that. All I meant was, you don’t have to get dressed up. Jeans are okay.” 
She stared down at the toes of her shiny black shoes, but only for a split second before meeting his stare with her own. “Got it, Casanova. Is that all?” 
For just a heartbeat, Owen was tempted to say no, to dig deep into his Neanderthal brain for the right words to tell her she actually looked fucking beautiful. To surrender to the hot demands coming from both his chest and his cock, and cross the room to impulsively kiss her sexy, sassy mouth. 
But this was Cate McAllister. His buddy Brian’s widow. He shouldn’t think she was pretty. He shouldn’t wonder if the skin on her shoulders bore the same provocative dusting of freckles as the neck she’d just put on display. And he damn sure shouldn’t be turned on like floodlights at the fire in her eyes that he’d never quite seen before, but seemed to somehow fit her perfectly. 
So, he simply said, “Yes. That’s all,” and walked out of the room.

And don’t miss the first two standalone titles in the Cross Creek series, CROSSING HEARTS and CROSSING THE LINE!

Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he’s happy to carry out his legacy on his family’s farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town—and him—twelve years ago, Hunter’s simple life gets a lot more complicated.Emerson Montgomery has secrets. Refusing to divulge why she left her job as a hotshot physical therapist for a pro football team, she struggles to readjust to life in the hometown she left behind. The more time she spends with Hunter, the more Emerson finds herself wanting to trust him with the diagnosis of MS that has turned her world upside down.But revealing secrets comes with a price. Can Hunter and Emerson rekindle their past love? Or will the realities of the present—and the trust that goes with them—burn that bridge for good?

Hunter and Emerson, it's a second chance romance. Emerson never wanted to come home but being recently diagnosed with MS really limits her options the only person willing to take her on and work with her schedule was her hometown's only physician who was looking to expand her practice to physical therapy. She knew eventually talking to her parents was inevitable but also she knew she would run across Hunter at some point, she just didn't expect him to be her first patient. The only other thing Hunter has loved more than his family's farm is Emerson, he wouldn't have proposed after graduation if he hadn't but she left and broke his heart but know she back again and for Hunter nothing has changed about how he feels about her. It doesn't take much to insert her back into his life. Even after all these years Hunter still knows Emerson better than she thinks and he knows she's hiding something from him. Emerson made the decision not to tell anyone about her MS, but keeping her secret on top of her debilitating disease is wearing her thin. 

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It was a nice start to the series a good introduction to the characters and their way of life. I enjoyed the fact that they were farmers instead of the typical rancher. Hunter is such a great characters and Emerson once she gets past her major issue and gets things sorted out she a wonderful character too. The other Cross brothers oooh boy.       

Cocky farmer Eli Cross plays twice as hard as he works. When his latest stunt drums up a heap of negative PR for the family farm, he grudgingly agrees to play host to an ambitious New York City photographer. Her feature on Cross Creek could be just the ticket to show the country what the Cross brothers do best…which is more problem than solution for Eli.
Scarlett Edwards-Stewart has photographed everything from end zones to war zones. She’s confident she can ace this one little story to help her best friend’s failing magazine. At least, she would be if her super-sexy host wasn’t so tight lipped. But the more Scarlett works with Eli, the more she discovers that he’s not who he seems. Can his secret bring them closer together? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?


So I loved Eli and Scarlett, they are definitely my favorite couple of the series. Scarlett is a natural wanderer, and as a professional photographer it fits right in with her job. She never stays in one place long because no place ever really feels like home. Eli has been keeping a secret as much as he loves the family farm he has never felt that he belonged there. He also got a degree online as a journalist and has been the copywriter for Cross Creek for the last ten years.  Scarlett to help save her best friends emagazine comes up with the idea of focusing on Cross Creek and all that makes their farm special over the span of a month and Scarlett herself will take all the picture and video. Eli and Scarlett start off bumpy because of Eli, the camera never lies and he's afraid of what the camera will show about him. Scarlett finally gets him to open up and the sexual tension that has been building between them finally breaks. Eli even confides to her his dream and Scarlett convinces him to finally tell the truth to his family and follow his dream. But suddenly a giant bombshell of a secret is revealed and everything seems lost.

Overall, definitely my favorite of the three. Eli and Scarlett are such a fun couple and I loved their story.  


    About Kimberly Kincaid: Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to ├ęclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-selling author and a 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.        

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INKSLINGERS BOOK TOUR Tell Me A Story by Jennifer Rebecca

Today we have the blog tour for TELL ME A STORY by Jennifer Rebecca! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today:



Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover by Alyssa Garcia at Uplifting Designs.

About Tell Me A Story:

George Washington Township, New Jersey has seen its fair share of crime and tragedy. Most recently, a young boy is missing from his home and the tenacious Detective Claire Goodnite is eager to find him. But the case is stirring up old memories best left forgotten. When a blast from her own past, FBI Special Agent Wesley O’Connell, turns up, Claire finds it hard to keep old ghosts at rest. And even harder to keep the sexy SAIC out of her case and her bed. Claire Goodnite is the best damn detective in the state of New Jersey and you better believe she's coming for you.  

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It's important for you to go into this book knowing it's suppose to be a romance not a romantic suspense, because if you do (like I did) you'll be a little disappointed, I enjoyed the book but I expected more. The case of the missing boy practically solves itself, the only reason it has any importance to the story is how it affects Claire. Told in the first person it deals heavily with Claire's internal conflict of dealing with her past and how that is affecting her now. Throw in the fact that her over protective brother and boss, Liam, is constantly trying to shield bad things from her and the more he pushes the harder she pushes back trying to prove him wrong that she is strong enough to handle anything.

When a young boy goes missing Claire is the only detective free to take the case. Liam tries to take her off the case by calling in his best friend and FBI Special Agent in Charge Wesley O'Connell to take over. Claire throws a shit fit, not only because she is refusing to hand the case over but Wes is the same guy she has loved all her life, he also took her virginity and then promptly broke her heart. But grown up Wes is different he wants a relationship and he keeps telling Claire she's his, but Claire heart was broken and hurt so bad by his past actions she doesn't want to believe him. The longer the case goes on the worse Claire's night terrors get and the harder it is for her to concentrate on her current case and it also reminds her of why she can't be with Wes. Toward the end the POV changes to Wes for one chapter and it briefly explains why he did what he did and how he feels, and I loved this because I'm noisy when it comes to books I like knowing what all the characters are thinking. 

Overall, I love Claire as a character she is flawed and so much stronger than she thinks she is and she's not afraid to teach her brother a lesson and kick him in the balls when he's acting like a jerk. Wes I liked so much more after I read after his POV. Liam I'm still not sure about. I wish there was a little more with Claire being a detective, it says in the blurb she the best detective I saw no evidence to support that, she would start doing something for the case then get distracted and completely veer off that topic, other than that I enjoyed the yoyo relationship Claire and Wes went through. 


About the Author:

Jennifer is a thirty something lover of words, all words: the written, the spoken, the sung (even poorly), the sweet, the funny, and even the four letter variety. She is a native of San Diego, California where she grew up reading the Brownings and Rebecca with her mother and Clifford and the Dog who Glowed in the Dark with her dad, much to her mother’s dismay.   Jennifer is a graduate of California State University San Marcos where she studied Criminology and Justice Studies. She is also an Alpha Xi Delta.   10 years ago, she was swept off her feet by her very own sailor. Today, they are happily married and the parents of a 8 year old and 6 year old twins. She can often be found in East Texas on the soccer fields, drawing with her children, or reading. Jennifer is convinced that if she puts her fitbit on one of the dogs, she might finally make her step goals. She loves a great romance, an alpha hero, and lots and lots of laughter.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ARC REVIEW Fighting Redemption by Sidney Bristol

Texas SWAT #1, A brand new series from Sidney Bristol does fall into the Aegis World but only by some familial connection. Ransom Texas is experiencing a population boom like much the rest of the DFW area and the once quiet little town of Ransom has worked its way to being city. I really enjoyed this one it has a nice balance between the romance and the suspense. The characters are wonderfully done and beautifully flawed really brings them to life. The active setting I have no problem with I live in the DFW area I know exactly where Ransom is suppose to be I can picture that very easily in my head. I really enjoyed the plot. Jena fears there is one of two things wrong with her, she either is suffering from delayed PTSD from her time as a combat medic or she has a stalker. It was small things at first things moving, then things disappearing, and the strange feeling that someone is watching her. It's gotten to the point that she wakes up in the middle of the night and feeling like someone is in her house. She's losing sleep and it's becoming obvious that something is wrong.

Alex Meyers is the team leader for his SWAT, Jena part of his team not as a member of SWAT but as it's medic. Alex has always been aware of Jena he tries to ignore her but he always knows exactly where she is, he does this because he knows it's against department regulations to date anyone on your squad. Jena has had a thing for Alex since she started working with SWAT, it's easy to flirt and kid with the other guys because it means nothing but the fact that Alex avoids her she thinks he doesn't like her, she's satisfied just naming her vibrator after him. But when Alex catches her mid freak out she confides in him her problem. Alex takes it seriously to the point he offers her his spare room so she doesn't have to home alone. This gives them the opportunity to finally open up to each other about their feelings. This also causes Jena's stalker to escalate and everyone finds out about them and Jena's stalker they are put on administrative leave until it's all resolved. It doesn't matter to Alex he is willing to risk his job just to protect Jena.

The relationship between Alex and Jena gets pretty hot and heavy it moves pretty fast but it's been slowly building for years. At the start Jena is worried about her sanity and the fact that this may all be in her head, but Alex reassures her nothing about this is in her head. Alex has as kept something from Jena not that it's a secret just about everyone in town knows what happen to him and why he moved to Texas from Detroit, Jena didn't come back to her hometown until after the hype died down. But Alex is still afraid to tell her because he's worried she will think differently about him. 

Overall, this was a fantastic way to start off a new series. It had some nice intros to the different characters and I look forward to them.  

Monday, March 12, 2018

ARC REVIEW DC Universe Rebirth Teen Titans vol 2: The Rise of Aqualad

Teen Titans

The Rise of Aqualad

DC Universe Rebirth

Story by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, Phil Hester, Trevor Scott, Pop Mhan
issues #6-7, #9-11 and #13-14

Story: Jackson Hyde is tired of hiding who he really is, he tired of hiding his powers and of his Mom not telling him the truth of who his Dad is and why he can control water the way he does, being gay doesn't make it any easier. Jackson goes to the only place he thinks he will be welcomed, Titan Tower. It started with a prison break out an entire section of inmates went missing soon afterwards people started to go missing all disappearing in and around the ocean. When Beast Boy is giving an interview out in front of Titan Tower and the reporter disappears into the water right in front of him shortly after that King Shark comes on T.V. announcing his wicked intentions. Jackson shows up and proves his worth with the Titans when he helps take down King Shark. But the story is far from over when Jackson's Mom shows with the truth about who he really is and why she hit it from him. King Shark was only the beginning.

Art: The art is pretty much what I expect when reading a comic.

It's well done, nice lines, and great action sequences. I liked that each of the conversation bubbles for the characters were unique to them so you knew who was talking and when.

Review: Overall, it was a good read. I love the Titans and each unique quality lends to the group and makes them stronger as a group. Starfire, as long as she's been on Earth still is naive and her innocence in that aspect lets her believe in the good of everyone. It was also nice to see her take charge when Damian was acting like a brat. Beast Boy who loves attention and getting famous in Hollywood only made it worse, and it has been hinted that it will lead to something bad. Raven keeps her distance because her empathy, but she gives great insight when needed. Her understanding of having a horrible father connects her to Kid Flash and that gives them a bond with romantic inclinations. And Beast Boy with Starfire, yeah I don't see that. And then there is Damian, he was raised to lead but being taught by R'as and then Batman he doesn't always understand working with the team and leading them. I like where this is going and I like Jackson.

ARC REVIEW One Lucky Cowboy by Caroline Brown

Lucky #2, A Rerelease of  Carolyn Brown's Lucky series. This was a little disappointing, I loved her Lucky Penny Ranch series and all the other book I've read by her but this one, I don't know it just didn't flow the same way. The banter between Slade and Jane was fine at first but all their arguing got real old real fast. Slade is an idiot especially there at the end, I swear he's got his head stuck up his ass most of the book. Jane's not that bad she's actually more relatable even though she's uber-rich and has an assassin after her, her attitude and work ethic are commendable and how she handles the situation is understandable. I liked Jane, I loved Nellie and Ellen - Slade's Grandmother and her sister they were a hoot. The book did seem never ending, when I thought it was close to the end Slade acted like an ass and it kept going. Just when you think it's getting close to end with Jane's issue something happens and it keeps going. 

Jane Day appeared one day with Ellen at the Double L Ranch, Ellen needed help in the kitchen feeding the ranch hands and keeping up with the housework. Slade automatically hates her, he thinks she's there to rob Ellen blind and he just really doesn't trust her in fact he's pretty sure Jane Day isn't even her real name. He's only partial right on that Jane is her real name but Day isn't. Jane is on the run her step father wants to control her family's legacy and is willing to have her killed for it. Jane's "fiance" is really a hired assassin and plans to collect not just the money from her stepfather but also the life insurance policy they took out on each other. If Jane hadn't of overheard him talking and making out with the woman who was supposed to be his sister she would have never known so she ran, she ditched her phone and went as far west as she could on what money she had on her allowed. Nellie finds her at the bus stop and offers her a job Jane just needed to disappear for six more weeks until her inheritance kicks in and she has controlling interest of her family's legacy and can expose her step father. In the meantime Jane tells no one  

Eventually Slade gets over thinking Jane is a con woman and they even kind of become friends and admits to himself he finds her very attractive and likes her, but he still can't shake the feeling that she's hiding something. With two weeks to go flyers start to show up with a horrible picture of Jane on them saying she's an escaped mental patient. Jane is ready to run but at the insistence of Nellie Slade takes her he also calls the FBI, since the people looking for her are saying they are FBI Slade wants to make sure. But they don't get away easily and for the next two weeks they are trying to outrun an assassin who seems to know their every move. 

Overall, I think if Slade had been less of an asshole it would have been a much better story, I really can't see how Jane liked him.