Once A Cowboy by Linda Warren

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Book Description

Publication Date:February 1, 2013

Brodie Hayes is a former rodeo star, now a rancher—a cowboy, through and through. But when he finds out some shocking news about the circumstances of his birth, he begins to question his identity. Luckily, private investigator Alexandra Donovan is there to help him find the truth about who he is. Along the way, he discovers that even a man who thought he’d be alone for the rest of his life can fall in love.

For Brodie, love was something you did once—and for always. But is Alex the type of woman who can take on a stubborn man like him? Because there’s one thing about him that will never change, no matter what they find out about his past—once a cowboy, always a cowboy.

 

Review-

It is so unlike me to read a romance, much less a HARLEQUIN ROMANCE, but it was free and since Zombies had been the subject of several books I’ve read recently, I though I’d give it a try. 

It was a very fast read, the story line was realistic and the characters well-developed. And surprise, surprise it wasn’t loaded down with sex scenes as some are. The sex scenes were short and well written and not overly done.  All in all I truly enjoyed this book. 

Are more HARLEQUIN ROMANCE books in my future ? I guess time will tell.

 

 

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Deadlocked #1 by A.R. Wise

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Book Description

Publication Date:December 18, 2011
David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His
wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below.
He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and
a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it
there, how can he be sure they’re safe?Deadlocked puts you into David’s
head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that could
guarantee his family’s survival, but at what cost?

 

Review –

This was a free audio book (a very short book) and Zombies are the main focus. Seems like I’ve bern reading more and more books about or including Zombies. Do you ever find yourself reading about the same subject for several books in a row?  Let me know.

Back to the story-David is at work when the Zombie Apocalypse happens and he tries and does make it home after a lot of struggles and fighting off the newly bitten. He gathers his family and go to a school for supplies and run into two bullies who want their stuff and David shoots his way out of that situation but the bullies follow them to the dock where they are to met a boat and make it to safety. Zombies and the bullies want in the fenced in boat yard and David has to fight them while making sure his family gets on the boat. The bullies die and so does David.  I couldn’t believe the author killed him off, but I found out the next book is told by the wife, so maybe there is a pattern forming. If I run across the second book for free I’ll read or listen to it but I don’t think it grabbed me hard enough to spend money for it.

 

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Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

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Book Description

Publication Date:March 13, 2012
“Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is a terrific series kickoff with a didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats . . .” raves the Los Angeles Times. In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .
“STARTERS is a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story. Callie Woodland, the narrator, deserves a series, and happily I am sure she’ll get one!”—Dean Koontz
Review –
I loved this book and rated it five stars ***** because it held my interest from the beginning and  the whole premise is exciting and mind bending at the same time.  Imagine you are old and could rent a young body and do as you want (pretty much) for a day, a week, a month or longer. Sounds great if you are old but if you’re young. not so much.   I won’t spoil it for those who may decide to read it but I think you will like it as much as I did.
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The Troop by Nick Cutter

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Book Description

Publication Date:February 25, 2014
Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. Te boys are a tight-knit crew. Tere’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there—which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier. But for some reason, he can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked . . .
It comes to them in the night. An unexpected intruder, stumbling upon their campsite like a wild animal.  He is shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear. One by one, the boys will do things no person could ever imagine.
And so it begins. An agonizing weekend in the wilderness. A harrowing struggle for survival. No possible escape from the elements, the infected . . . or one another.
Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity . . . and terror hungers for more.
Review –
I thought I would like this book because of its description BUT it failed to mention the GROSSNESS of it. I have read other gross book, The Rotters, for example, and it was pretty gross in that it deals with grave robbing but Nick Cutter has gone far and above the definition of GROSS.  It ruined the book for me.  A bit or even a lot of gross is a good thing but DO NOT read this book if a boatload of gross bothers you.
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Dr. Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King

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Book Description

Publication Date:September 24, 2013
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining andsatisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.

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Well, Mr. King has outdone himself this time by making a sequel to match the greatness and terror of his book, The Shining.  Once I  started reading I found it almost impossible to put down.
Dan still has his demons (of many different sorts) and Abra Stone (magical character by herself) joining with him to battle the people who look normal but are in reality   members of the ancient True Knot made the pages fly.  If you are a King fan you have probably already read this book but if not (and why not) you really need to pick it up and read it as fast as you can.  I rate it five stars *****.
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Unsouled (Unwind #3) by Neal Shusterman

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 15, 2013
The story that began with Unwind continues.
Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.
Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.
With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.
Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”
Review –
The ending is left up to our imagination and although  I respect the author’s right to do that, this reader prefers  a solid ending. But we can’t always have what we want.  This is a great series and gives the reader a lot to think about. Neal Shusterman  has produced a series of books that will never lose there relevance.
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Lots of Love by Kami Kobble

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Published – 2013

This small board book, written for Valentine’s Day, is about charming animal friends showing that there are lots of ways to say “I love you!”

 

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I bought this for my great-niece, Kate, who is almost 10 months old, as part of her Valentine’s Day gift and it is short and sweet. The illustrations are by Jill McDonald and are precious.  I think Kate it love it.

 

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