Book Review-Reach-For-the-Dream

 

Reach For the Dream

by

Anne McCullagh Rennie

Reach For The Dream by Sydney author, Anne McCullagh Rennie, was my second novel by this author.  Rennie is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

Shortly after the death of their mother, eight year old, Alice and younger brother, Ben and also lose their family home and any connection they had to their mother when their house burns to the ground.

Their shearer father palms of his children to live with his sister and her family, where both settle in fairly well with the exception of an obnoxious female cousin.

Alice loves the outback and soon she and Ben have plans to start a sheep stud from which they will breed the best wool in the country.  However, the best laid plans are often thwarted by fate and jealous cousins.

Alice moves to London where she works successfully as part of a research team, for half a decade or more.

Upon her return to Australia she purchases land near Bilabrinn where her aunt lives, and commences to pursue her dream of breeding the best wool Australia has ever seen.   Although many of the locals just want her to breed…a woman’s place is in the home… and all that.

If you like good clean storylines and Outback Australia I feel certain that you will love Reach for the Dream.

I have rated

Reach For the Dream

Reach for the Dream

as an enjoyable

read/audio

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers

have awarded

Reach for the Dream

an average of 3.95 stars

from 41 ratings

and 8 reviews

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Reach For the Dream

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Dirty-Empire

Dirty Empire

Dirty Empire Book #3

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

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Dirty Empire, book three of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues with the Mercy and Gabriel relationship within Easton crime family.  Being book three of a series and it would be better if books one and two were read first.  I make this suggestion because all three books have had surprise cliffhanger endings the aftermath of which is the beginning of the next book. However, both Gabriel Fallen and Dirty Empire could be read as standalone short novels as long as you don’t mind not knowing all the details of the previous book.  

      

Dirty Empire is the first of the Trilogy where bedroom antics do not overshadow the story line.  Where Mercy is concerned, a softer, more human side of Gabriel emerges.  However, regarding ‘business’, the brothers Easton show their harder side in Book Three. 

 

Whether readers like, or dislike, detailed descriptions of his love life (Books 1&2), I think many readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  All three books have moved along at a cracking pace and all three have had totally unexpected cliffhanger endings. 

 

The fourth book of the Dirty Empire Trilogy (this is not a typo-see Goodreads Sweet Mercy blurb) is to be published in September 2021.

At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.

 

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At time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers

have rated

Dirty Empire (Dirty Empire, #3)

Dirty Empire

an average of 4.02 stars

from 403 ratings

and 81 reviews.

*****

I think

Dirty Empire

is a


read.

*****

Dirty Empire

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, and Amazon

Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book-Review-The-Good-People

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The Good People

by

Hannah Kent

 

I borrowed The Good People because I thought I had read another book by this author.  However, I had confused Hannah Kent with Kristin Hannah.

Halfway through the first 30 minute (audio) track of The Good People, I began to develop an uneasy feeling that this was going to be an extremely long and boring story or that I would toss it.  Two more 30 minute tracks and I gave up.

 

With Irish blood coursing through my veins I was looking forward to The Good People.  However, I just could not get into this one.  Nothing about the audio version of The Good People appealed to this reader/reviewer.

 

As an unfinished book I can only give it one star which puts me at odds with 10,962 other Goodreads readers who have reviewed and/or rated The Good People with three or more stars.

I did not enjoy

The Good People

The Good People

and rated it a

read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have awarded

The Good People

an average of 3.80 stars

from 15,225 ratings

and 2,053 reviews.

The Good People

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Liar

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Liar

by

K. L. Slater

 

I think all parents want the best life partner for their children, even more so when your child has lost his/her partner and is raising two young children as a sole parent.  So it is with Ben who has lost his wife leaving him with two young boys to care for.  Fortunately his mother, Judi is a great help.

Then Amber comes of the scene. Ben and his father think Amber is wonderful.  Judi does not want Amber anywhere near her grandchildren.  A feeling exacerbated when Amber begins to discipline the boys not long after meeting Ben’s parents for the first time.

A struggle between two strong women, one of whom appears to be using the truth rather loosely, follows.  Amber appears to have an intense dislike for Judi and Judi reciprocates with her own antagonistic views of her potential new daughter-in-law which grow to the extent that she decides to delve into Amber’s past where inconsistencies abound.  This sets the stage for another fantastic ending, which was the icing on the cake, again, from K. L. Slater

Liar was my fifth K. L. Slater read.  Slater’s fans and fans of this gere should not be disappointed.

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I rated

Liar

Liar

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Liar

an average of 3.95 stars

from 10,679 ratings

and 938 reviews

Liar

is available online

at

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Book Review-Gabriel-Fallen

Gabriel Fallen

Dirty Empire Book #2

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

 

Gabriel Fallen book two of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues on with Mercy and Gabriel’s steamy relationship intensifying.

      

When reviewing Sweet Mercy I commented that Sweet Mercy reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie and Fifty Shades of Grey book.  Gabriel Fallen is all Fifty Shades.  The other thing which I find interesting is the number of times we read about Gabriel’s calloused hands and how he is using them.  I confess to not knowingly reading a passage where Gabriel is working with his hands, so, where do his callouses come from?  Certainly not from any of the activities so widely written about in the Dirty Empire series.

 

The graphic descriptions of Gabriel’s sexual antics continue unabated in Gabriel Fallen, to the extent that it seemed there was very little other plot.   Mercy accepts that Gabriel is not an angel and manages to convince herself that what she is doing has an upside.

 

I think most readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  Both completed books have moved along at a cracking pace and both have had cliffhanger endings.

 

I have again rated Gabriel Fallen a three star read.  At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.

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Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Gabriel Fallen (Dirty Empire Book 2) by [K.A.  Tucker, Nina West]

Gabriel Fallen

an average of 4.19 stars

from 816 ratings

and 121 reviews.

***

I think

Gabriel Fallen

is a


read.

Gabriel Fallen

can be purchased on-line at

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Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book Review-Sweet Mercy

Sweet Mercy

Dirty Empire Trilogy Book #1

by

K. A. Tucker / Nina West

 

I only borrowed Sweet Mercy because I thought K. A. Tucker had co-authored with Nina West. Not finding any mention of K. A. Tucker in the book I turned to Google only to discover that Tucker also writes under the pseudonym, ‘Nina West’

 

I think it maybe best that Nina West accepts the credit for Sweet Mercy because it is nothing like the Burying Water or Simply Wild series.  In fact, had I read this book first and known it was a K. A. Tucker book I probably would not have read the Water and Wild books, or anything else bearing Tucker’s name.

 

Sweet Mercy commences with Mercy visiting her father in prison.  During the visit she notices Gabriel a good looking bloke visiting a hardened underworld criminal.  Gabriel also notices Mercy.  One thing leads to another and she ends up living with and falling for Gabriel. 

 

To say the living arrangements are raunchy would be an understatement.  Likewise, some may not approve of the graphic descriptions of sex scenes.  However, most of my life has be spent working in ‘rough’ workplaces and while parts of Sweet Mercy were out there with the roughest workmate I can think of, the language and descriptive passages did not offend me.  That is not to say that I enjoyed it, either.

 

While the Sweet Mercy plot reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie, the narrative was definitely Fifty Shades of Grey.

******

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire Book 1) by [K.A.  Tucker, Nina West]

Sweet Mercy

an average of 4.04 stars

from 1,201 ratings

and 194 reviews.

***

I think

Sweet Mercy

is a


read.

Sweet Mercy

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, and Amazon

Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book Review-The-Three-Secret-Cities

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The Three Secret Cities

(Jack West Jr, #5)
by

Matthew Reilly

 

Prior to the release of Matthew Reilly’s new book, The Two Lost Mountains (Jack West #6), on Tuesday October 13th, to refresh my memory I decided to listen to previous books Three Secret Cities and The Four  Legendary Kingdoms again after finding both in our library’s audio collection.

The Three Secret Cities is set immediately after The Four Legendary Kingdoms and Jack West is still trying to save the world while the underworld kings and villains are trying to eliminate, or help Jack because of his achievements in the underworld games.  This is why I recommend reading The Four Legendary Kingdoms again simply because there are several characters, both villain and heroes, included in The Three Secret Cities, who were introduced in Legendary Kingdoms.  Fortunately Reilly mentions the fact that characters have been part of Legendary Kingdoms and does not dwell on their part in that story.

Again The Three Secret Cities sees Matthew Reilly putting Jack West (Junior) through all sorts of trials in another action packed adventure which contains enough characters, mythical or otherwise, to make his story almost believable.  It’s nearly two years since I read The Three Secret Cities and rated it as a five star read.  I think it still worthy of another five star rating in 2020.

Matthew Reilly fans will again fall in love with Jack West’s adventure.

After my second read of

The Three Secret Cities (Jack West Jr #5)

 

The Three Secret Cities

I have again rated it

 a fast paced action packed

five star read.

At the time of completing

this review (October 2020)

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Three Secret Cities

an average of 4.32 stars

from 4,866 ratings

and 504 reviews.

******

The Three Secret Cities

can be purchased on-line at

Booktopia, and Fishpond and Amazon‎

Book-Review-Cold-Winter-Sun

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Cold Winter Sun

(Mike Lynch Books #2)

by

Tony J. Forder

 

Cold Winter Sun is a sequel to Scream Blue Murder and chronologically follows hot on the heels of Scream Blue Murder.  Mike’s ex-wife contacts him after her new husband’s nephew disappears, apparently without trace.  Mike agrees to help, thinking it will provide the opportunity for some quality time with his daughter.

Mike also calls upon his Scream Blue Murder saviour (and good friend) from the past, Terry, for assistance.

And so begins the hunt for the nephew.  Initially Mike and Terry think he will turn up somewhere in Los Angeles or thereabouts.  However, they are quickly drawn to some seedy towns on lonely highways in New Mexico.  And towns where one person owns all buildings and employees their inhabitants makes the hunt for information even more difficult.

As with Scream Blue Murder, Cold Winter Sun moves along at a cracking pace.  There are several twists and turns to keeping readers guessing.  Which again makes it another book which I did not want to put down even in the early hours of the morning.

I rated

Cold Winter Sun

Cold Winter Sun

as a solid star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Cold Winter Sun

an average of 4.27 stars,

from 117 ratings

and 36 reviews.

Scream Blue Murder

can be purchased online at

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Book Review-The-Four-Legendary-Kingdoms-2020


The Four Legendary Kingdoms

by

Matthew Reilly

2020

Recently I noticed two things of interest.  First Matthew Reilly’s new book, The Two Lost Mountains (Jack West #6), is due to hit the shelves on October 13.

Second, my local library had audio versions of The Four Legendary Kingdoms and The Three Secret Cities on their digital shelves.  To refresh my memory I decided to listen to previous books Three Secret Cities and The Four  Legendary Kingdoms again after finding both in our library’s audio collection.

The Four Legendary Kingdoms was as good the third time as it was the first.  As usual, Mr Reilly’s action hero was full of action, overcoming the odds to win where he should not.

The Four Legendary Kingdoms is set around games of a mythical origin with competitors ‘selected’ to compete from all around the world.  So what better way to work Scarecrow into an adventure which is primarily a Jack West (Huntsmen) book?  And that is the only part of the story I will reveal here.  Fans of all things Matthew Reilly will love the plot/storyline, as I did.

After my third read of

The Four Legendary Kingdoms

The Four Legendary Kingdoms (Jack West Jr, #4)

I have again rated it

 a fast paced action packed

five

read.

At the time of completing this review (September 2020)

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Four Legendary Kingdoms

an average of 4.30 stars

from 7,152 ratings

and 692 reviews.

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2019

It was recommended to read The Four Legendary Kingdoms again prior to reading Three Secret Cities, Matthew Reilly’s latest work.   This was good advice as it has been a year or two since The Four Legendary Kingdoms was published and Three Secret Cities is a sequel which continues on from the end of The Four Legendary Kingdoms.

I do not normally re-read a book however; in this case it was well worth reading again.  More to the point it was as enjoyable in 2018-2019 as it was in 2016.

 

October 28, 2016

Back writing in his best style another action packed adventure from Matthew Reilly.  A definite FIVE star book and to say anymore would give away story and plot.  Except…I am sure there will be a sequel.

***

I have rated

The Four Legendary Kingdoms

The Four Legendary Kingdoms (Jack West Jr, #4)

as a

read.

It is a fast paced,  action packed

read and worthy of a place on

My Favourites

shelf.

The Four Legendary Kingdoms

can be purchased on-line at

Booktopia, and Fishpond and Amazon‎

Book-Review-The-Apartment

The Apartment 

by

K. L. Slater

The Apartment was my second of K. L. Slater’s novels.  Freya, and her young daughter, Skye, are finding life difficult since the unexpected death of estranged husband and father.

Freya happens to meet elderly Doctor Marsden who is also looking for a tenant for a vacant apartment in his building in up market Kensington.  The apartment was not large but the peppercorn rent  being asked for the apartment, more than made up for its lack of size.  However would cheap rent and an up market setting compensate for the unease Freya felt about moving?

All tenants are much older than Freya’s thirty odd years, and all but one are not really friendly.   The ‘but one’ tenant is by far the friendliest and takes Skye under her wing paying special attention to the young girl.

A rumour emerges that a young girl died in Freya’s apartment however, Doc Marsden assures Freya that no child has lived in her apartment.

If my memory is working it is around here that things begin to go bump in the night….literally.  Around the mid-night hour things going bump and goose bumps was creepy and not wanted.  For anyone who may be thinking of reading The Apartment, you have been warned!

After slow-ish beginning, The Apartment developed into a very good read.  I cannot remember the last novel which gave me goose bumps.  For that I congratulate Ms Slater.

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I rated

The Apartment

The Apartment

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Apartment

an average of 3.75 stars

from 5,855 ratings

and 1,339 reviews

The Apartment

is available online

at

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