Monday, January 25, 2021

Rise for Me

                         “I’d come back to you a thousand times”

 Rise for Me, a short contemporary paranormal romance, written by Kristal Dawn Harris, and released by the Wild Rose Press.

       As a young child, Maria Stone faced ridicule and bullying over an accident of nature. In an act of kindness, Roman Lee a Gypsy as well as a vampire, saved her from a lifetime of abuse and pain. This simple act forged a bond between them—one neither was able to forget. Then, suffering from an aggressive form of cancer, Mariah returns to him, determined to die in his arms—the man she has loved all her life. One problem: she must convince Roman of her feelings and her love.

      Though much to short--meaning we didn't want it to end--Rise for Me is a love story readers will not soon forget. Two deserving people, torn apart by hate and a cultural bias as old as Biblical times, join together, healing each other of past and current wounds. This one’s a winner!!

On a scale of 1-5, Rise for Me deserves a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Limerickly Speaking

 Traveling back in time. . .  with Limerickly Speaking by Edith Segelin Bonferraro.

     We were given this delightful collection of limericks by a proud brother and friend. And what a gift this turned out to be. Author Bonferraro uses her gift for word usage and imagination, taking us back to a gentler place in time when words were appreciated and used to goodwill. This collection will make you laugh, and think, and enjoy the finer things in life.

     For that next snowy afternoon in front of a toasty fire, pick this book up. . . and enjoy.

     On a scale of 1-5, Limerickly Speaking deserves a 5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, January 18, 2021

Blind Faith by Susan Payne

 The Peninsular Wars, as all conflicts do, sends extraordinary numbers of the “walking wounded” home to Britain. Many spent the rest of their days languishing in the depths of self-pity and despair, with few if any possibilities for a future.

Quinn Lancaster, Earl of Headley, opens his ancestral home to soldiers who are yet incapable of returning home due to traumatic visual impairments. Headley is simply the messenger, escorting veterinarian Cassie Woods at the request of one of the men. While she tends to this first of many patients, Quinn stands by, silently assuming what she is and isn’t, instead of confronting the situation head on.

As the idiom has often predicted, he makes an ass of himself until he throws caution—and ego—to the winds and opens up to this delightful caretaker.   

As with many of her earlier novels, Susan Payne infuses her plot lines with the rudiments of contemporary practices and concepts.  With Blind Faith she has used the basics of occupational therapy. Cassie’s methods, though new and ground-breaking for 1814, are now readily accepted in many rehabilitation centers. The reader is better for it.   

On a scale of 1-5, Blind Faith deserves a 4.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Sea Archer

 When opposites meet the attraction is undeniable, but Fate has other plans.

The Sea Archer, a contemporary 2018 release, Fantasy Rose line for the Wild Rose Press, written by Jeny Heckman.

Overview:

Raven Hunter has survived unimaginable tragedy and loss in her life, surviving with her twin brother at her side by sheer grit and the desire to create music. But loss and chronic abuse have left their marks on her spirit. Raven craves someone who will love and care about her, not micro-manage every aspect of her life.

Finn Taylor has achieved his dream by working as a marine biologist, caring for endangered species in Hawaii. After meeting shy, reticent Raven, his life takes on new meaning.

The attraction is undeniable. However, different lifestyles, show business vultures, peculiar dreams, and an unbelievable proclamation that they could be the direct descendants of Poseidon and Apollo threaten to divide them forever. Will they accept their destiny and begin the quest of a lifetime or will they remain in their comfortable yet separate existence?

 Our Review: The Sea Archer is a remarkable undertaking. The many diverse sub-plots are a credit not only to author Heckman’s talent for research but to the depths of her imagination. While the multiple Point of View characters might have some purist editors-reviewers shrinking in horror, overall the story works. And when Raven finally draws the proverbial line in the sand and reclaims her life, the reader experiences a hip-swinging, foot-stomping happy dance moments—and it’s worth the ride.

On a scale of 1-5, The Sea Archer deserves a 4.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Stolen Son

           “Apparently, luck was out to lunch.”

Stolen Son, Book 6, Star Smuggler series by TS Snow.

           More than two decades have passed since the hostilities with the Severans came to an end and peace has returned to Felida. Unfortunately, in the ensuing years, Andi Tall Trees has died as a result of the dangers related to a late-in-life pregnancy and Sinbad she’en Singh remains deep in his grief—and his cups. Then, an opportunity to relive the adventures of his youth becomes too enticing to ignore. As Lynx, his grand-cub, and Mal, his youngest son, are thrilled to say, “We’re off to see the world.” With that Sinbad she’en Singh discovers a new lease on life.

Until Mal is kidnapped by slave traders and once again the threat to the unity of his clan is threatened. The hunt for his stolen son is on but time after time the search is thwarted—at first by Federal Enforcement agents, then by Mal’s determination to survive the horrors of trafficking. After several “luck was out to lunch” moments, more familial lines than just the she’en Singh clan are reunited, mainly due to Sinbad’s newfound recognition of the value of strong family ties.

 Our Review:  Just when we thought this Space Opera/Futuristic Family Saga had reached a satisfying conclusion, author Snow still showed us a few last cards she’d kept hidden up her sleeve. For that, we were enriched by the opportunity to explore new cultures and new worlds while cheering for the multi-layered McAllister--she’en Singh clan.

 On a scale of 1-5, Stolen Son deserves a 5.

             Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

 

 

 

  

Monday, December 28, 2020

Rescuing Samantha

 …while rescuing others a woman finds herself…

 Rescuing Samantha, contemporary women’s fiction,  written by Heidi M. Thomas, released by SunCatcher Publications.

           Upon learning the family homestead is available for lease, twenty-something Samantha Moser packs up everything, including a rescued Thoroughbred mare and contractor fiancĂ© to head for Eastern Montana and a new start on life. Her goal: leave the past where it belongs; start new in the one place that’s never been far from her mind and heart.  

Things don’t progress as smoothly as hoped. The homestead is worse than derelict and takes everything in Sam’s bag of tricks to make livable. Unfortunately, after his first Montana winter the contractor fiancĂ© throws in the wrench and heads back to Arizona, leaving Sam on her own with no money and few prospects for income.

Instead of giving up, Sam relies time and again on family lore about her grandmother and her mother. Trusting others is difficult, but she perseveres despite repeated rejections. Then, when things seem at the lowest possible point rescues of the two and four-legged variety enter her life. Relying on strength and grit and determination, Sam and her new friends survive—and do it in style.

      There is a common saying among ‘rescue’ devotees in our society: “who saved who?” A very apt description for this remarkable story of those who refuse to give up.

 On a scale of 1-5, Rescuing Samantha deserves a 5.

     Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, December 21, 2020

An Unprivate War

     The strength of family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other… Mario Puzo

The above is proven, several times over, in T.S, Snow’s An Unprivate War, Book 5 in the Star Smuggler series.

         The peace of Felida is broken when various colonies of the Federation are viciously attacked by Severan warriors, leading to damage “not seen since Pearl Harbor”. At first, Sinbad she’en Singh and his progeny elect to stay out of the fray. After all, for centuries Felidans were considered ‘less thans’ by the noble Federation.

          Until the Severans attack Felida and the losses are deep and dear. Sinbad, and his family, to a man—including one lone woman—enlist in combat and for the ensuing years Singh Shipping proves invaluable in service to the Federation.

          After peace is negotiated, the Singh pride find themselves fighting a different kind of war—just as painful, just as heavy. It is often heartbreaking as well as heartwarming how Snow has brought the many characters of this saga to a warm, deserving happiness.

 On a scale of 1-5, An Unprivate War deserves a 5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews