Thursday, November 29, 2018

Daughter of the South Wind, KD DuBois

. . . .As if grad school wasn’t hard enough, Dawn Wynham battles her bossy sister’s interference with her private life and resists divulging one secret—her very realistic dreams about tornadoes and the man who morphs out of them, Nino. After chasing twisters for her meteorology degree, why not indulge in a little sexy fantasy to enhance the adrenaline highs?

Daughter of the South Wind, a July 2018 fantasy romance release out of Soul Mate Publishing, written by KD DuBois.

Our review: One of the strong points of this story--and there are many--is the author's extensive research into the science and technology surrounding the study of tornadoes and the warning systems in place to save lives. The second most obvious strength is Ms. DuBois' imagination in terms of the manner in which she created a world of demi-gods and goddesses. The names and responsibilities alone are mind-boggling.

If fantasy and science are your bailiwick, Daughter of the South Wind is the book for you.

Out of 5 stars this book earns a 3

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Learning To Love by Jennifer Wilck

Learning to Love, a contemporary romance by Jennifer Wilck, due for release on November 28, 2018 by The Wild Rose Press.

The most beautiful love hides beneath the surface. . .

          For Adam Mandel, a young, hard-working attorney in his father's well-established practice, learning to love means learning to trust himself, and others, even when those “others” have not and do not always behave in honorable ways. Dina Jacobs' kind and generous heart leads her to helping others--often to a disadvantage--needs to let go of the past and take that one last step in learning to trust.
          Watching these two people find their way to each other is a joy. The addition of Jewish customs, phrases and traditions is a lovely attraction to this contemporary story.

Out of 5 stars, Learning to Love earns a 4

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Eye of The Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder

Soar like an eagle. Strike like a thunderbird. Fight like a warrior. Love like there’s no tomorrow.
Eye of The Eagle, by Sharon Buchbinder, a Contemporary Fantasy Romance  released by The Wild Rose Press, November 2018.
          Anomaly Defense Director and shape-shifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman—not in this lifetime.
          Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough.
          When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help—and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child—and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head.
Our Review:
For first dates, you gotta love a man who takes a woman to the local drag queen competition--which goes to show the author's skill for weaving wry humor into her writing. Bert Blackfeather is the hero of a lifetime: brave, selfless, honorable. Phoebe Wagner is gutsy, fearless and driven, a woman who thinks on her feet. And after you meet her mother, you know immediately the apple didn't fall far from that tree. This is a fast-paced read, the pages turn so fast you almost regret reaching the last page.

It is clear Ms. Buchbinder spent an incredible amount of time researching this story a few of which include several physical disabilities, Native American myths and beliefs, missing and exploited children and human trafficking. For us this novel was a two-fer: a page turner which teaches us a few things along the way.
One question: when's the next in the Hotel LaBelle series due out?

On a range of 1 to 5, Eye Of The Eagle rates a 6+
Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, November 12, 2018

Witch Wish by Jacqueline Seewald

          Val Williams believes she will never be as pretty or popular as her older sister Ailene. When Ailene dumps her on an unfamiliar road after an argument, Val decides to ask directions of the only person she sees, an old woman engaged in a garage sale. Val purchases a music box which the old woman claims has magical qualities and will grant Val one wish. Val wishes that that her sister would stop being so perfect.
         When Ailene starts acting weird, breaks up with her boyfriend, stops talking to her friends, starts dating a “bad” boy, and cuts classes, Val is troubled. Val begins to fear she caused all this to happen by making her wish. She suffers a guilty conscience. How she goes about setting matters right makes for some unusual complications and surprises.

     If we weren't a younger sister, we all know someone who was. We knew their struggles, their hopes and dreams as well as the conflicts connected with having a “perfect” older sister.
     If we didn't come from a dysfunctional family, we all know someone who did. We remember the everyday rejection, shame, guilt and blaming tactics common among such toxic systems--all too well.
     Witch Wish is a blend of hopes and dreams, struggles and triumph. While we watch Val struggle to carve her place in this world, we see her work through the normal stressors of adolescence. It is a joy; it is a heart breaker. If you know a young person in a similar situation, do them and yourself a favor: give them a copy of Witch Wish. You'll be better for it, as we are for having read it.

On a scale of 1 out of 5, Witch Wish earns a 4

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, November 9, 2018

Legacy of Magic by Denise Carbo

Legacy of Magic, a contemporary romance, Fantasy Rose line, The Wild Rose Press

      Divorced, jobless, and homeless, Cory Bishop moves to Connecticut to begin anew. She gets lost along the way and causes a car accident which does not bode well for the next chapter in her life. However, the reconnection with her great aunt provides her with direction and purpose.
      While solving a mysterious family secret, she is pursued by a charming lawyer and her exasperating neighbor who thinks arguing is a form of foreplay. But those circumstances are the least of her problems.
      Cory soon discovers she is a witch and must learn to control her new-found powers. An ally, a confidant, and a surprise supporter guide her, but she is almost out of time. An immortal evil wants her powers and will stop at nothing to obtain them. When the battle lines are drawn, Cory must choose who is friend and who is enemy. Will love save her or endanger her even more?
       One of the strengths of this story—and there are many—is the author’s innate talent for creating snappy dialogue, especially when it occurs between Cory and the local high-end car mechanic Finn D’Orsey, a man who takes confrontation to new and interesting heights.
       Another perk to the fun of Legacy of Magic is Cory’s discovery she is a witch and how she handles it. Bumbling and fumbling all the way is a joy to read.

     On a scale of 1 to 5 Denise Carbo’s Legacy of Magic earns a 4+

                         Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hope's Dream by Peggy Jaeger

          Hope's Dream tells of a young woman who gives up her dream to become a nurse practitioner after her mother is critically injured in a car accident. Enter Tyler, an attorney representing the estate of long-estranged family members, who offers Hope the ability to fulfill her dream as well as find resolution and forgiveness.
          A sweet, fast-paced romance, this is a fabulous addition to the picturesque series set in Vermont's Mad River Valley. Hope is the daughter we all wish for: devoted and selfless; she never feels sorry for her lost dreams and makes the most of each day. Tyler is the man we all want for our daughters: hard working, loyal, responsible. Too bad stubborn pride and ego will sometimes rear their ugly heads and put the skids to a budding romance. With the help of well-developed secondary characters this couple comes together and thrive. Well done, Ms. Jaeger.

On a scale of 1 to 5, Hope's Dream earns a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews