Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book Review: Maybe Matt's Miracle by Tammy Falkner

Maybe Matt's Miracle by Tammy Falkner
What he needed was a miracle…

Matthew Reed has seen his share of problems. But he’s a Reed and Reeds can overcome anything. Matt is content working in his family’s tattoo parlor with his brothers surrounding him. The only thing he’s lacking is the ability to have a family of his own. Then his battle with cancer leads him to meet a woman who just might need him as much as he needs her.

She didn’t need anything...

Skylar Morgan is happy. She has a boyfriend. Sure, he doesn’t make her heart pound faster and he really doesn’t support her when she needs it. But she doesn’t need much. Does she? She’s happy to be self-sufficient and she’s happy that she doesn’t have a tremendous amount of responsibility. She’s educated, has a great job, and she has enough money for a lifetime. But what she lacks, she doesn’t even realize until she meets him. And them. The ones who change her life forever
4 Stars
Maybe Matt’s Miracle was a quick, sweet look back into the lives of the Reeds.

Matt, like the rest of the Reed brothers, is kind hearted, tattooed, and oh so sugary sweet. He’s recovering from cancer and the bitter betrayal of two close friends, when he meets Sky. He works with his brothers at the tattoo shop, and knows Sky’s nieces and nephew through their mom Kendra. Kendra and Matt were friends during cancer treatment.

Sky is a lawyer in a dead-end relationship. She cannot stand her father, and her mother insults her or ignores her. This makes her bitter and hurt. Even so, she wants to please them so she becomes a lawyer. And when Sky’s dad approaches her asking her to take care of her half-sisters kids, Sky cannot refuse. Sky who was planning on having a nice things and a “respectable” life and job, is suddenly tossed into the chaos and love of single-motherhood. And along with that unexpectedly comes a tall, handsome, and tattooed man.

Loved the aspect that the kids brought to this book. Each of the children in Sky’s care brought their own dynamic. And I loved scenes between Sky, Matt, and the kids. I wanted more though. A lot could have been fluffed out a little more (says me, lover of fluff) and lot of different angst could have been explored or delved into. However, this book is short and covers a lot considering the page numbers are limited. Simply put, I wanted more.

Matt and Sky’s relationship moves fast. And fans of the series will be excited to know that Matt even gets a bloody nose. I always enjoy how the author works that into different books. Matt and Sky’s relationship is tender and sizzling. In fact, true to form, this books features a lot of sizzling bedroom activity. Matt has some alpha tendencies that I usually enjoyed and even some had me rolling my eyes (pff, men, amiright? ;p). Matt was incredible sweet to Sky and the kids and wanted to help take care of them, which makes you love him even more.

The other brothers are there, and one of my favorite parts of the book is when the whole family is together goofing off. This is a Fun, heartwarming story. And if you’re fans of the Reeds anyway, you’ll love love love Matt’s story. The ending destroyed my heart…but in a great way. Can’t wait to get my hands on Paul’s book next.

Thanks to NetGalley and Night Shift Publishing for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Falling for Jillian by Kristen Proby


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Four "Love the Merrick brothers" StarsLove the elemental series!

First just let me say if you enjoy paranormal books, then you have to try this YA series!

Just stop, drop, and roll on over to book 1 in the series, Strom (my review here). You will not be disappointed.

Michael has always looked out for those around him. When this includes his own younger brothers, Hunter, his girlfriend Hanna and her little boy, Michael feels overwhelmed. This is because he is not just trying to help them from day to day life, he is also trying to keep them safe from the Guides coming to town. Even if it means making sacrifices. When the threats are carried out, and even appear at their own front door – Michael knows something has to change.

Only as Michael tries to protect those around him, he pushes them away. And instead of bringing justice to his family, those in the community begin to think it is a little to convenient that Michael is always at the scene of the crime. Unable to explain the reason behind everything, Michael finds himself in even more trouble with the community. Especially the fire marshal who is Hannah's father.

I have described these books as The Outsiders merge with Captain Planet…and that is probably the reason I love them so. The supernatural elemental brings a lot of action to the plot. While The Outsiders component gets to the heart of the characters and the bonds of brothers. Which always gets me right in the heart too. However, the brothers were lacking a lot in this book. The moments that they were all together warmed my heart, and were probably some of my favorite parts of the book. Yet, Michael does not take any lessons from his brothers’ (or Hunter’s) books and tries to take on the Guides (and problems) himself. This really frustrated me because I knew it was the last book, and I wanted a lot of Merrick bonding moments.

Adam, Tyler, and especially Hunter played a major role in these books. And since I love all of these characters, I was really excited to see them. But some grim moments take place in this book, and it made me wonder where in the world were Becca and Layne. Also, Hannah was the first Merrick girlfriend/boyfriend that I did not absolutely love. And I really liked her appearances in the other books, and she grew on me here, but she also frustrated me a lot.

The writing was face paced, and flowed perfectly with the plot. And true to Brigid Kemmerer form the characters were fleshed out and relatable. She really has a talent for making all her characters pop off the page. And as always she never shies away from facing the big problems, the big moments, or the big plot twists. And she always can get to the emotion of the problem and make your heart break with the characters

The end of series always make me nervous. And I knew that reading about my favorite Merrick brother wouldn’t be any different. I knew something b-i-g was about to happen, but I did not see it actually coming till a few moments before. And ack, it was a huge plot twist moment.

The ending made the series complete, but I wanted more. More explanations, more brothers interacting, and maybe just maybe an epilogue! Too much was left unanswered for me to actually feel like the series was wrapped up. Seriously, even a little novella now with a few months down the road would make my day! So this book finished everything up, and it was nice to be in Michael Merrick’s head. There was a lot of action and some heart crushing scenes, and all and all I enjoyed the finale. The ending is a bit abrupt, but then again Brigid Kemmerer covered all the bases and left me wanting more! So really I cannot complain too much.

It was going to be a three star read for me, but because of my general love for the Merrick’s and for some really great moments in the book and the awesome writing– I bumped it to four stars.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing this copy in exchange for a honest review.