Audio Review: Unshakeable Faith by Lisa Worrall

Audio Review: Unshakeable Faith by Lisa WorrallNarrator: Sean Lenhart

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Title: Unshakeable Faith by Lisa Worrall
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Pages: 242 Format: Audiobook (9 hrs, 51 mins)
Published By: Dreamspinner Press Audio
Purchase Links: Barnes & Noble Amazon US Dreamspinner Publishing

Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, the stranger walks into Brody Tyler’s. With no memory and a name he chose from a newspaper, Nash is a gamble—one Brody is willing to take. It isn’t long before Brody and Nash fall in love, but then a tragic accident shatters their cozy world, resetting Nash’s memory once again.

The “new” Nash Walker is a businessman with a bottom line, and he doesn’t care what or who gets stomped on. Waking up in a hospital bed after a hit-and-run with no idea where he’s been for the past six months is bad enough, but someone trying to kill him is even worse. Enter Brody Tyler, accidental bodyguard.

Brody’s determined to help Nash remember and bring back the man he loves. Nash thinks Brody’s a drop-dead gorgeous pain in the ass. If only he could remember….

three-half-stars

Bar owner Brody Tyler finds a stranger who doesn’t remember who is he is and for some reason, Brody feels responsible for the John Doe. Against the advice of his friends, Brody gives this amnesiac a name, “Nash” and then shelter in his own place. They begin to fall for each other and soon Brody and Nash went from friendship into a cute romance. Then Nash gains back a little of his memory

The romance goes a little wonky here because the sweet stranger becomes a tad of jerk to the man who practically saved him. Nash is revealed to be a ruthless businessman named Nash (Brody picked the name out of a newspaper article) and someone is out to eliminate him.
 Brody appoints himself as Nash’s bodyguard despite not being as effective but it is clear that Brody cares so much for Nash that he was trying.

When Nash gained all his memory back, the book lost some of the steam in the romance department as the plot focuses on who is after Nash and why they want him. Unfortunately, I figured this one out pretty early, so my interest lay with their budding romance. The author seemed to be laying a foundation for a great romance, but then in the middle to end, the romance is stilted because Nash started acting like a jerk. I liked the Nash from the 20% of the book because he was so sweet, guileless and just considerate. I liked Brody a lot but I was unsure why the nameless guy had such a hold on him.

The beginning was the best part of the story for me and when the characters were at their sweetest. I think I was expecting more cohesion and more sweetness throughout the book. Overall, it was a satisfaction audio experience.

 

Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet

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ForgiveandForgetLGForgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Pages: 194 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

four-half-stars

 

I don’t think I will ever not like a book from the Dreamspun Desire series. This book is just fun. This series is fun and that’s why I keep coming back to it all and am never disappointed. This is my first read from the Charlie Cochet and I am in love with her writing.

We meet one Joe Applin, owner of Apple’n Pies as he is going about his day of normalcy in his pie and coffee shop. We meet his motley crew of employees and get a general feel for Joe; he’s in his late 30’s, single and really married to his job. You get a sense there was a bad break up in his past and that he is hesitant about new relationships.

When he is changing a light outside his cafe with his employee young Danny, he hears a noise in the garden and they investigate to find one battered, semi-conscious man who doesn’t want them to call the cops but may have a concussion. While passed out, Joe and the gang drag the stranger up to Joe’s apartment and try to wake him up and find out what the heck is going on.

I loved that the author handles the first instances of amnesia with actual thought but includes the comedy. Being in Joe’s head as he questions the comparison of the situation to a Lifetime movie and if amnesia is plausible in the case was fun to read.  It brought a moment of realism to a story that only happens in movies and TV Shows… or does it?

I adored the hell out of Joe with his ability to quote movies, shows or anything else that pops into his head. I am the same way and I can guarantee you 99% of the time, my response to most situations has nothing to do with that is going on or what has been asked. My brain is always on six degrees of random, so beware.

Bea, Danny, Elsie and Jules were great supporting characters. They show how much Joe will go to take care of those he cares about and they also show how much they care about Joe. Bea was hilarious and I really hope Danny mans up and tells Elsie how he feels and I am happy Jules ends up back on her nurse feet as well.

Anyway. Joe is letting amnesia boy, though now christened Tom, stay in his apartment though he questions his decision of why. When he tells the gang, I was cracking up. Joe’s reaction to Tom and Tom’s reaction to Joe had me on pins and needles waiting for small touches, coy looks and the moment they both say screw it and give in.

Ugh.

The mystery of who Tom is though… let’s talk about that for a minute. I was so damn thrilled when I turned a page and we get Tom’s POV because oh boy did I ever need it. It was great to see him trust his instincts with Joe and give them both a chance… well, at a chance at something more, something special and something damn romantic.

I am not a reader who tries to figure out a story, regardless of its complexity. For me, letting the author and the characters lead me through it all is what I love about reading. Sure, I come up with theories from time to time but I like to let the story tell itself and having said this, I did have a theory on Tom and I am so happy I was right.

This story, of a sugary sweet romance between Tom and Joe was a joy to read. I loved every word of it and was honestly kinda bummed when it ended. I feel like I haven’t said enough as I look over the many highlights and notes I have from the story but I’m gonna keep those a bit longer so I can laugh and swoon over the moments a few more times.

Forgive and Forget is another wonderful addition to this series. It’s a story about taking a chance on love, even when the guy who are with may not know his name at the moment,  it’s about trusting your gut and it’s about being rescued and rescuing right back.

 

 

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. Frazier

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. FrazierSeries: King #2
on August 13th 2015
Pages: 277
AmazonNarrator: Molly Glenmore, Rob Shapiro
I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't.

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself.

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know.

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul.

I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day.

He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him.

Even if that means marrying someone else...
two-stars

Honestly, I disliked this book for multiple reasons. Very little worked for me from the setup from book 1 to the revelation of who Doe was. I enjoy twists and turns as much as anyone but here the twists was just unbelievable.
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It was just a huge disappointment.

In this sequel, Doe has returned to her life as Ramie Price, even though she doesn’t remember herself that way. She tries to jog her memory by talking to those around her but nothing fits. In her old life, she had a son Samuel, a boyfriend Tanner and rich parents. In her new life, she had King and his tattoo pallor complete with his outlaws. Doe/Ramie begins piecing together the circumstances of her disappearance and how she ended up on the streets. This is where the chicken flew the coop for me.

First, I don’t even get the chemistry between Doe and King, but I will roll with it. Second, Doe-Ramie’s relationship with her baby daddy Tanner as well as her best friend could have only transpired the way it did, if Doe-Ramie was completely clueless and self-centered. How can one be so oblivious to her friends to miss all of that? Seriously? The explanation for the behaviors didn’t jive with me. Third, a senator’s house was so easily breached by all and sunder for continual nookie? What role did Tanner’s parent’s play in all of this? Did Doe-Ramie not have any other friends? The only part of this story that made sense was the part involving King’s comrade Bear. sad photo: sad deanwipingeyescrying.gif
That fit with what occurred in book 1. That was gruesome but it set up a compelling book.

The mystery of what happened to her and why was so far-fetched that I couldn’t believe this series went this route. I felt like being with Doe made King seem weak and I don’t see what she brought to the table at all. I felt really disappointed with this book but will read book 3.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review

Eivissa by A.J. Llewellyn

Eivissa by A.J. Llewellynon April 22nd 2015
Pages: 99 pages
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When an amnesiac man capsizes on the shores of Spain’s sun-kissed island of Eivissa, bar owner Demetrio Reyes thinks he’s found his someone…or has he?

Demetrio has found the good life, putting his devastating
past behind him and investing his hard-earned money into a gay bar on the island of Ibiza, or as the locals insist on calling it, Eivissa. With celebrities and other stunning, beautiful men roaming the hot-spot island, Demetrio thinks he’s found a slice of heaven.

When a strange man’s small boat capsizes in the Mediterranean, once he’s rescued, he seems to be attracted to Demetrio. The man however, has amnesia. He has no memory of his name, his life and has no ID. His boat is registered to a Philip Gordon but the handsome stranger says he doesn’t think it’s his name. After picking the name Océano, the Spanish word for the sea, he and Demetrio begin an impassioned affair that soon turns disastrous. Océano may not be amnesiac. He may not be the good guy he seems to be and… he may not even be gay.

This story was just okay. Great idea, but as a novella it falls short.

Demetrio Reyes worked himself into an unhealthy state both physically and mentally. After a serious health scare, Demetrio moved to the island of Ibiza (pronounced Eivissa by the locals), of the coast in Spain. He opened a gay bar and tried to leave less stressful lifestyle.

When a small boat capsizes and a stranger washes ashore, Demetrio inherits an amnesiac houseguest. While the man doesn’t seem to remember anything, he appears very attracted to Demetrio and they begin an affair. The amnesiac takes on the name Océano and Demetrio finally feels happy as all the parts of his life are falling into place.

A few weeks later, law enforcement came looking for the Océano for questioning related to a murder investigation. Demetrio refuses to believe the man he has given his heart to may be a criminal hiding out from a heinous crime.

I think the premise of the story was intriguing but the delivery was lacking for me. A lot of time was spent describing the beautiful scenery. It was definitely a place I would love to visit. Demetrio throwing all in with a stranger and having great sex was also okay. The unraveling of Océano’s identity and how he ended up an amnesiac happened so fast that it wasn’t very cohesive to me. The characters weren’t developed well as is normally the case in such short stories. This story relied a lot on sex and so the actual execution of the plot was insufficient for my enjoyment. I would have liked it with maybe 50-75 more pages to really let us get to know the characters.

*Special thanks to Dreamspinner for the reading copy.

The River Leith by Leta Blake

The River Leith  by Leta Blakeon May 15th 2014
Pages: 173
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Memory is everything.

After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.

For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him.

Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.
five-stars

Wow. I loved this one. It had controversial things that made it so dramatic, emotional and so engagin. Great book!

Leith Weinz is a boxer who sustained brain trauma after an illegal hit to the back of his head during a boxing match. He woke up from a coma with partial amnesia, he can’t remember the last 3 years.
Zachariah Stevens is part of The 3 yrs Leith can’t remember. What do you do when the person who means the world to you doesn’t have a clue who you are?

This book was angsty because it hinged on the unknown. Leith doesn’t know Zach. Leith doesn’t know if and when he’ll get his memory back. Leith doesn’t know if he’ll ever box again. Zach doesn’t know if he’ll get the love of his life back. Zach doesn’t now how he can live without his partner. The doctors don’t know if Leith’s memory will return.

The uncertainty was making everyone anxious, irritable, scared and emotional. I felt like I was on eggshells too, waiting for the lightbulb to come on. What an emotional journey. I felt for Zach, Marian, Ava and Arthur. How much do you tell Leith or do you wait for it come back? What would I do if my loved one saw me as a stranger? It’s amazing at how the body retains certain memory even when the cognitive mind doesn’t. I appreciate this author tackling a difficult subject with sensitivity yet conveying the sense of helplessness the characters felt. I could see everyone’s POV and I just had to walk with them with hope and patience.

I wish I could hug everyone in this book.

Special Thanks to Romance Beckons via Netgalley for review copy.

About Leta Blake

Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan

favorite Training Season, Leta Blake's educational and professional background is in psychology

and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting

romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S.,

Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

Review: Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, Book 1) by Rebecca ZanettiSeries: Sin Brothers #1
on July 2nd, 2013
Pages: 384 pages
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His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?
five-stars

Just loved this one. Rebecca Zanetti has now gone on my auto-buy list.

Out of the blue Major Shane Dean (marine) was brought by a police officer to his estranged wife’s job. Apparently Shane has walked out on his wife Josie 2 years ago to places unknown. Now he is back but with amnesia. This begins their journey to a second chance at love.

This book was exciting, intriguing and pretty hot. Zanetti tells an interested romantic suspense. I stayed up last to find out why Shane left Josie and why he is back and why he has amnesia. There was so much to this story and it was pretty good stuff. Shane was a military man, but Josie wasn’t the damsel in distress he took his wife to be. Obviously they had to really learn to forgive and trust, but they had to get to know the real person they married. I enjoyed Shane having to put everything on the line and trust his wife.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I didn’t find this story to be predictable or cliche. It was an interesting concept and it was action packed from page one. I just couldn’t put it down so I think I will read book 2 tomorrow.

About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.