Category Archives: Reviewed Books

Reviews of new and previously released books read by choice or by request from the author/publisher.

Rating scale: Books will be rated on a “wink” scale from 1 to 5 where:
1 wink = Not a good review talk
2 winks= Better review talk next time
3 winks= Decent review talk
4 winks= Good review talk
5 winks= Great review talk

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Book Review Talk About When It Rains It Pours by Reese Anderson – Rated 3.5 Winks

When It Rains It Pours

When It Rains It Pours

3 and a half winks

Title When It Rains It Pours
Author Reese Anderson
Genre Urban Fiction
ASIN/ISBN: ASIN: B00IPJ7YM0
Book Link:  http://www.amazon.com/When-It-Rains-Pours-ebook/dp/B00IPJ7YM0/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Book Description

Getting accidentally pregnant is never a good thing, especially when you are seventeen years old. And it doesn’t help if your mother is a pastor at one of the biggest churches in your city…For Janelle, getting kicked out of her parent’s house was one of the best things that happened. For most teenagers, the opportunity to live away from your parents, with a rich aunt, sounds like heaven. It was heaven.. until Janelle found out her aunt had her own issues. Between adapting to a new city, and having her aunt as her new guardian, heaven could quickly turn into hell.

BRT REVIEW

Yes it is most definitely a Hurricane with a few Tornado’s thrown in to this story. The entire cast seems to be lost in one big Ground Hogs Day. Young Janelle, who can’t seem to make a logical choice if it was tied to her, becomes the steady girl of a drug dealing & emotionally tormented young guy whom she claims to have no feelings for; but when her old flame and ex-baby daddy doesn’t provide the affection she craves, her new beau is suddenly the guy she wants. Furthermore, she’s honest to a fault, even confessing to indiscretions during her relationship which open her up to some black eyes and bruises. No wonder Janelle doesn’t have good decision making skills since her aunt and parents are both pretty juvenile in their behavior as well. Holding grudges, being ridiculously belligerent and irrational, all while claiming Christian superiority and/or to be strong black women. There was A LOT of repetition, which made me feel like a lot of the conversations were unnecessary or the author ran out of ideas for dialogue. This read is probably best suited for those in the same age bracket as the character (18-25) because anyone older than that will likely side eye the utter foolishness and improbability of the majority of events. Despite my annoyance with pretty much everyone in the book, I’m gonna eek out 3.5 winks because I do believe there is an age demographic for this book that may view it more favorably. Good review talk! But you be the judge.

 

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Book Review Talk About GOON by T. Styles – Rated 5 Winks

Goon

Goon

fivewinks

Title Goon
Author T. Styles
Genre Urban/Street/Crime Fiction
ASIN/ISBN: ASIN: B00MK6XJ8M
Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Goon-The-Cartel-Publications-Presents-ebook/dp/B00MK6XJ8M/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Book Description

When five-year-old Roman’s mother is murdered before his eyes in Fayette, Mississippi he is left alone with his loyal dog, a blue nose pit-bull named Ice. Things appear to look up for Roman when Billy Bob Adams, a career criminal, finds him and whisks him to Baltimore, Maryland. With modern day slavery as his motive, Billy Bob teaches Roman every villainous trick he knows…including murder. From the moment Yoko was born she was unwanted. Born with a visible handicap people judged her upon first sight. Before long they turn the sweet child into a bitter young adult who does anything she can for attention. Even if it means taking responsibility for crimes she didn’t commit. When Roman and Yoko meet they become an escape for one another. Since an idle mind is the devil’s workshop they put their skills together and become living nightmares for unsuspecting drug dealers. Many years later, Roman vows to trade his turbulent childhood and crimes for a family of his own. Which means leaving Yoko and her volatile love of blood behind. When Roman must rely on his murder game to provide for his family, he excels and becomes the primary assassin for a multi-million dollar drug operation. But what happens when Yoko returns with a request that Roman doesn’t want to honor? Explosive drama. Goon is an action packed thriller with unpredictable twists and excitement! Enjoy!

BRT REVIEW

This story keeps you guessing from the very first page. These characters are nothing like any I’ve read about before and their intense and thorough development was so intriguing that I couldn’t put the book down. I felt for little Bay, who would later become known as Roman, when everything she knew and held dear to her was snatched away so violently, but her evolution into the GOON she became is nothing short of frightening. There were so many troubled and damaged characters to feed off of in this book that I found myself both hating and feeling sorry for some of them as their horrendous behavior was often due to some past horror inflicted onto them. Yoko’s history and character kept me on my toes and this book read like a evolving mini-series. At time I wanted it to end because I was dying to know what was ultimately going to happen, but once it was over, I wasn’t satisfied. I wanted more. Great review talk! But you be the judge.

 

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Book Review Talk about Lasso Me A Mom by Stephanie Jackson – Rated 4 Winks

Lasso Me A Mom

Lasso Me A Mom

Title Lasso Me a Mom: A Bluebonnet Novel
Author Stephanie Jackson
Genre Contemporary Fiction
Publisher Amazon Digital Services, Inc./ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: September 26th, 2012
ASIN/ISBN: B009HX2R9I/1480002194
Purchase Link: http://tinyurl.com/9zmegrr
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Book Description: Nikki Turner has it all: she is an honor student, has a popular boyfriend and is a star dancer. However; never is there a time that a smile crosses her face. With a constant frown and a sharp tongue, she doesn’t let anyone get a rise out of her, especially her teacher Cassie McGregor. When it is revealed that Nikki is homeless and in the foster care system, Cassie, who is a certified foster mother, is chosen to be her temporary guardian, an agreement they both object from the start. As their animosity begins to deplete, Nikki and Cassie realize that what they’ve always wanted just might bring them closer.
BRT Rating:  fourwinks
BRT Review Title:  Heart warming but needs character development
BRT Review: I was pleasantly surprised to find that this new author read was a good one. I found the story of Nikki the sassy but intelligent high school student who is later discovered to be homeless to be well written. The teen dialogue was believable and although some occurrences were a little far-fetched, Jackson did a good job of bringing Nikki and Cassie’s world together in a believable and enjoyable way. There are a few intended tear jerker moments but a little more character development in Cassie’s background in addition to Nikki’s would have dredged up more feeling from me in trying situations. All things considered, this was a good read and I’m sure there will be more good reads to come from this young author. Good review talk! But you be the judge.

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Book Review Talk about The Price of Justice by Alan Brenham – Rated 5 Winks

The Price of Justice

The Price of Justice

Title The Price of Justice
Author Alan Brenham
Genre Crime Thriller
Publisher Amazon Kindle
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
ASIN/ISBN: B009ZI76EG
Purchase Link: http://amzn.com/B009ZI76EG
Author/Book Website: http://www.alanbrenham.com
Twitter/Facebook: http://twitter.com/alanbrenham
Book Description: Price of Justice is a story about loss, revenge and second chances. This mystery/thriller follows widowed police detective Jason Scarsdale, who, trying to raise a young daughter while solving three murders, unwittingly befriends a grieving mother secretly bent on murderous revenge, drawing him into a web of malice that teaches him the value of breaking the rules. Assigned to investigate two sex-related murders, he teams up with Dani Mueller, a police crime analyst with some deadly secrets of her own. After navigating his way around the cross-hairs of two crooked police managers, he closes in on the killer, but he does not want to believe what the evidence is revealing. Just when Scarsdale thought things couldn’t get any worse, the killer abducts his daughter and the analyst is kidnapped by a man from her past.
BRT Rating:  fivewinks
BRT Review Title:  Brenham puts the thrill in crime thriller!
BRT Review: I read this in paperback. This was an enjoyable, unpredictable and a surprisingly heart wrenching crime thriller. The twists and turns were well written and the guilt, pain and sorrow felt by both the main character Jason and the crime analyst Dani from the loss of his wife and her daughter was vividly conveyed. I appreciated the added back stories which lent to the mystery and danger as they sifted through the many clues and police policy red tape to let justice prevail in conjunction with a bit of revenge. In my opinion, a truly talented writer can tell a story so realistically that you could believe the plot was derived from an actual occurrence. Brenham has accomplished this for me. He didn’t rush the building closeness between Jason and Dani in such a short time after their losses and their emotional state and cleverness was fantastically delivered. Great review talk! But you be the judge.

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Book Review Talk about Sedition by Tom Abrahams – Rated 4 Winks

Sedition

Sedition

Title Sedition: A Political Thriller
Author Tom Abrahams
Genre Political Thriller
Publisher Tom Abrahams
Release Date: ASIN: B009G76250  ISBN: 1480107336 / 978-1480107335
ASIN/ISBN: ASIN: B008K9DV4U, ISBN-10: 097718661X, ISBN-13: 978-0977186617
Purchase Link: http://seditionbook.com/14.html
Author/Book Website: HTTP://SEDITIONBOOK.COM
Twitter/Facebook: Http://www.twitter.com/SEDITIONBOOK
Book Description: The President of The United States is dead. There is no Vice President to take his place. As the nation slips into a constitutional crisis, a small group of disenfranchised neo-patriots  conspire to violently seize power. They have the will. They already have someone on the inside.  And they have the explosives.  Standing in their way is a woman who listens to conversations not meant for her to hear. She reads mail not intended for her to see.   She knows their intention. But can she stop them in time?SEDITION is a smart, fast-paced, modern day political novel woven in reality and based on the 1820 British plot, The Cato Street Conspiracy. It navigates the thin line between good versus evil and patriot versus traitor, proving there’s always a reason behind treason.
BRT Rating:  fourwinks
BRT Review Title:  Interesting with intrigue but not entirely believable
BRT Review: I read this book in paperback and for a first time author, I was very impressed with Tom Abrahams. If you’re a conspiracy theorist or love political mystery, this may be a book you’d enjoy as you’re taken on a journey of espionage, secrecy and code cracking to find out who will take over the presidency and who ultimately should, after the President and Vice President of the United States die in office. Unfortunately, there were several moments where the detailed descriptions were overbearing, the plausibility of certain occurrences and the believability of the ensemble in the main conspiracy group Datura waned. In general however; the writing was vivid and Abrahams is clearly a talented story-teller who could likely debate politics with anyone for eons. Good review talk! But you be the judge.

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Book Review Talk about A Patriots Betrayal by Andrew Clawson – Rated 5 winks

A Patriots Betrayal

Title A   Patriot’s Betrayal
Author Andrew Clawson
Genre Thriller
Publisher Amazon
Release Date: June 1,   2012
ASIN/ISBN: 978-1477589014
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/A-Patriots-Betrayal-ebook/dp/B0088DQMFI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1352425482&sr=8-1
Author/Book Website: http://www.andrewclawson.com/
Twitter/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewClawsonnovels
Book Description: A   Patriot’s Betrayal is a thriller set in modern times that follows a path laid   out centuries ago, right here in America. The last thing Parker Chase   expected to find after burying his murdered uncle was a cryptic letter from   the dead man. Parker realizes that his death was far more than a robbery gone   bad, and soon finds himself pursued by the very men who killed his uncle.   Joined by his brilliant ex-girlfriend, Parker fights to stay one step ahead   of a shadowy organization hell-bent on silencing him forever. Desperate to   discover why his uncle died, Parker realizes that he had uncovered   information about a centuries old mystery involving America’s Founding   Fathers. Soon both the CIA and police join the death-dealing group of   murderers in the chase to capture Parker, who must run for his life while   unraveling the greatest conspiracy in American history.
BRT Rating:  fivewinks
BRT Review Title:  A conspiracy theory and mystery lovers playground!
BRT Review: Andrew Clawson does an excellent job of taking the reader on a danger filled chase along with the main character Parker Chase to find the pieces of his uncles secrets and murder puzzle. As luck would have it, Parker has ties with a CIA agent and enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend who he clearly still has sparks with to evade becoming one of the corpses they avoid along the way. I enjoyed the chase scenes and I appreciated the various POV’s that allows the reader a window into both the villains and the victims motives and actions. Clawson uses all the expected near death escapes and mysterious behavioral clues that should be included in a thriller. Great review talk! But you be the judge.

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Book Review Talk about The One You Love by Paul Pilkington – Rated 3 Winks

 

The One You Love

The One You Love

Title The One You Love
Author Paul Pilkington
Genre Romance Suspense
Publisher Amazon Kindle
Release Date: July 26th , 2012
ASIN/ISBN: B004YDSL9Q ISBN-13: 978-1478295853
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Holden-suspense-mystery-ebook/dp/B004YDSL9Q/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
Author/Book Website: www.paulpilkington.com
Twitter/Facebook: http://twitter.com/paulpilkington
Book Description: Emma Holden’s nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family are hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again. The One You Love is a fast-paced suspense mystery, full of twists, turns and cliffhangers. Already an eBook chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, it is now available in paperback for the first time.
BRT Rating:  threewinks
BRT Review Title:  A bit of a B movie script but it wasn’t too bad
BRT Review: The book was bit long and drawn out trying to get to the meat of the story and it took me a long time to read it because I started to lose interest in it half way through. One thing I can tell you is that you don’t want to be a character in a story trying to escape with Emma because she’s not the brightest bulb in the box. She tends to get herself into a lot of avoidable situations and makes a lot of numbskull decisions the way most blondes in B movies do right before they trip. Overall, it wasn’t that bad of a read, but maybe a little more forethought into the script and the length would serve better on the next book. Decent review talk! But you be the judge.

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