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Dog Law - A Legal Thriller: A Robin Starling Courtroom Mystery (Robin Starling Legal Thriller Series Book 3)
Dog Law - A Legal Thriller: A Robin Starling Courtroom Mystery (Robin Starling Legal Thriller Series Book 3)
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Legal Episode Worthy of Prime Time, May 30, 2015
Since I was a little bit too young, I have always loved episodic crime dramas. My grandma got me started with Matlock, and my dad got in trouble with my mom for letting me watch Law & Order when I was nine. I am currently working my way through The Good Wife. When I am looking for a lighter read, I tend to reach for a courtroom thriller rather than the newest piece of chick lit. All of this is to say that Dog Law, by Michael Monhollon, was my kind of book.

The book is the third in a series featuring lawyer Robin Starling. I haven't read the other books in the series, but this book stood on its own. In it. Robin is defending a college student accused of leaving the scene of a fatal car accident. The plot thickens (of course) when it seems that the accident may have been a cover-up for a more calculated crime. Robin's personal life also makes its way into the story, along with plenty of lawyerly jargon.

This book had all the elements of a good courtroom drama: witness interrogations, red herrings, and an evil stepmother. Wait, those are for fairy tales. Oh well, this book has one, too. The plot was a little predictable, and I would have liked to feel more of a connection to the accused criminal, but there was also plenty to recommend this book. I loved the elderly neighbor character, and Robin's boyfriend had a lovable every-dude quality to him. This was a quick read, and when it ended, I was satisfied with the conclusion. If you, like me, are a fan of a good courtroom tale, this could be the book for you.

Lisa Runge (The Kindle Book Review)
The reviewer received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, independent review. She is not associated with the author or Amazon.


Achelo: Social Evolution
Achelo: Social Evolution
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Galactic Tale with some Interesting Twists, May 29, 2015
At a distant remove in the future, an Alliance of non-human cultures strive to achieve a functioning galactic society. Humans -- who some think may have, at one time, been the dominant species -- now inhabit protected reservations mandated by an ancient law. But that may not last long.

Nothing is as it seems in this lengthy novel. The interactions between the characters of the various races and some cool military space tech are the main draws.

There might be a bit too much gore for my taste but the "social evolution" concepts alluded to in the subtitle provide sufficient meat for those of us who like more intellectual fare in our SF.

No spoilers, but, sue me, I didn't like the ending. There are also a few, well, unusual, turns of phrase but other than that the book is well written.

Note: The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


Caribbean Heat: The Curse of Gonzaga
Caribbean Heat: The Curse of Gonzaga
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A cool start, but things soon heat up., May 29, 2015
When friends Jack and Ben headed off on a luxurious cruise in the Caribbean they probably didn't expect that the trip would lead to the adventure of a lifetime. So tells the story of Caribbean Heat, two unlikely friends, a chance discovery of ancient Spanish gold and a return trip to the islands that is anything but a relaxing break.

The story starts at a serene pace, detailing Jack and Ben's cruise experience with Jack's boss and his wife. The interplay between characters and the dialogue in general helps us to get to know Jack and Ben and the delicate balance of their relationship. It's quite a charming story early on, with the intrigue of their lucky diving find soon revealed to whet your appetite for the second half of the book.

Soon the action really picks up as the two friends plan a return trip to the islands in order to dredge up more treasure. Multiple other players are in town, some looking for gold, some protecting their own interests, but none of them friendly to our two protagonists. There's some great action, a real sense of urgency in the author's writing style which reflects the mood of the characters.

The character of Jack is somewhat stretched beyond his documented abilities in the latter stages of the story, a minor transgression from the otherwise well depicted characterisation. I don't want this review to contain spoilers but suffice it to say it's a largely satisfying ending, the only downside being the diminished opportunity for more tales of Jack and Ben's adventures.

While not groundbreaking in its genre, Caribbean Heat achieves everything it sets out to and should be commended for that. Overall it's a riotous romp of a novel, with a serene enough start, but an eventual body count to rival the average Bond movie!

8/10

MJ Meads (Kindle Book Review)


Ninety Degrees at Sunset (Key West Thriller Book 2)
Ninety Degrees at Sunset (Key West Thriller Book 2)
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding Out on the Keys, May 28, 2015
She finds work as a waitress in a diner, and Minnie, the owner, offers to let her stay in the apartment upstairs. Minnie introduces Catlin to her son, Paul, a Key West police officer, and they are attracted to each other from the start.
Paul however has not gotten over the murder of his wife five years earlier, and he claims not to be ready for another relationship. Even though h has never paid his son much attention, Tony is angry that Caitlin has disappeared, and he is enraged that she has taken his son with her. He vows to get him back.
This is the author’s second book set in Key West. He seems to know the area well and his incorporation of real restaurants, landmarks, and customs gives the story an air of authenticity.
The characters of Caitlin, Paul, Minnie, and Tony are very well done. You feel as if you actually know these people! It’s pretty easy for an author to do this with one character, but you seldom see it with them all.
The story held my attention. The writing was excellent. The romance grew out of the story, rather being imposed on it.
An all-round good book!
David Burnett for the Kindle Book review.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


Prepper Pete's Survivalist Sam Stocks Up: The Four B's of Prepping for Kids
Prepper Pete's Survivalist Sam Stocks Up: The Four B's of Prepping for Kids
by Kermit Jones Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.95
30 used & new from $8.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Settle Kids' Anxieties for an Uncertain Future with this Book's Advice, May 28, 2015
In an illustrated children's picture book, the two animals Survivalist Sam and Prepper Pete talk about the four B's of preparing for the future: Beans, Bullets, Bandages, and Barter.

Storyline: Children are dependent on adults, and with the world feeling more and more unsteady, children can feel anxious about the future. This book can help alleviate that. Although I would emphasize the value of preparing for an uncertain future (rather than a disaster that has us needing primitive skills), this book is valuable for teaching children (and adults) a simple way to become more self-sufficient. Starting with food and water (Beans) and going to hunting/protection (Bullets), medical/education (Bandages) and having things to trade (Barter) these four illustrated steps make preparations seem less overwhelming. Whether it is job loss, unsteady income, or just the comfort of knowing preparation for such uncertainties, this book can help settle anxieties. 4 stars

Illustrations: The illustration style is not professional, but colorful and adds to the story. 3 stars
Total: 3.5 stars

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review

(disclaimer: I was given a free book in exchange for an honest review. KBR is not affiliated with Amazon or the author)


REMATCH The Tortoise and the Hare
REMATCH The Tortoise and the Hare
Price: $6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Take on the Rabbit vs. Turtle Race, Where Everybody Wins, May 28, 2015
The meadow can't support both the turtles and the rabbits, so it's time for a Rabbit vs. Turtle race rematch. Of course rabbits run faster than turtles. But Taz is like his grandfather (who ran the first race and lost to a turtle)--he has so many ideas on how to finish the race faster, that he barely makes it over the finish line. And it's a tie! Who will get the meadow, the turtles or the rabbits? Taz has an idea where everybody wins.

Storyline: Takes an age old storyline of the rabbit-turtle race, and adds modern elements (like skateboards, tiny plane, and a hubcap), as well as showing a change of heart in Taz, from "everyone for themselves" to "things go better when everyone thinks of others." 3.5 stars

Illustrations: Consistent, professional, colorful illustrations in a cartoon-ish style that add a lot to the story. 4 stars

Total: 4 stars

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review

(disclaimer: I received this free book in exchange for an honest review. KBR is not affiliated with Amazon or the author)


A Diary Scribbled In Tears
A Diary Scribbled In Tears
Price: $0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Interesting Ingredients in This Mystery, May 27, 2015
Francis Ogodun sat down one day and decided he wanted to be a writer. "A Diary Scribbled in Tears" is the result of that decision. Her main character, England Cole, a well known model, is a fairly complex woman who espouses faith in God and does more than her fair share of preaching while feeling perfectly comfortable giving it her all while engaging in a girl fight.

There are several stories being wound around each other in this book. There is the constant discussion of forgiving her father for deserting her family. A feeling her mother and sister do not agree with. Add into the mix the love she has for Andre Cole, a world famous actor who she calls My King...huh? For structure there is the jealousy and hatred tossed her way from her room-mate, Amanda. To offset the dislike emanating from Amanda, enter the love and support from Camilla, who owns the condo they live in and for whom she often works.

Once the characters are introduced, Odogun is off and running with a plot about someone trying to hurt her. She believes it is Amanda. She is sent off to find an address that apparently doesn't exist and is attacked, ending up in the hospital. All this is going one while England mentions to us that she used to be an escort and hopes My King doesn't find out and then tells Camilla. Okay. Later Amanda comes to her and tells her it isn't her,but Camilla who actually wants to kill her.

Be prepared for some in-your-face sex and lots of discussion about faith while this story winds around the plot described above. The sex added nothing to the story and the preaching seemed odd given the lifestyle she lived, but Odogun wrote a good book using these tools. As a mystery, I found it light, but as a good book, it made it easily.

Carol Piner
Kindle Book Review

Kindle Book Review has received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. Kindle Book Review does not know Amazon or the author.


Fitzgerald Called
Fitzgerald Called
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Grad School, May 26, 2015
This review is from: Fitzgerald Called (Kindle Edition)
As the book opens, Kalli is a PhD student at a mid-western university. The book explores her life, concentrating on her years of graduate study, especially her relationship to one of her professors, Pete. It’s a strange relationship, characterized by sexual tension that does not result in sex.

The central focus of the book is a series long conversations about topics which seem to bear little relationship to the reason that Kalli stopped to talk, or the reason that Pete asked to see her, or, well, to anything at all, sometimes! The conversations drove me crazy, but I could not stop reading them because I know people who converse in exactly the manner in which Kalli and Pete did.

Even though the meaning behind the relationship is not apparent until the end of the story, you so want to find out what is going on, what Pete is trying to accomplish, what do all of the unrelated questions mean, that you will continue reading.

I enjoyed Fitzgerald called. The writing is good. You’ll love Kalli, and you’ll be puzzled by and suspicious of Pete. You won’t put the book down.

David Burnett for the Kindle Book review
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


THE BLUE NIGHTGOWN
THE BLUE NIGHTGOWN
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't take much!, May 26, 2015
Anna and her husband, John, operate a large boarding house in Winnipeg in the mid nineteen-fifties. One day, as she cleans the room of a customer who has just moved out, she finds a sheer blue nightgown which the woman left behind. There was nothing obviously special about the nightgown, but we see that everyone who tries it on feels attractive, sexy, and alluring.

What might we say about a simple nightgown that has such an effect on different kinds of people? Perhaps the author is simply observing that sex appeals to everyone. (Those who write advertisements would agree.) Could it be a comment on how empty our lives are? Might it indicate how simple things can give us so much pleasure?

This novelette is short, and I read it in a single sitting. The writing is good and holds your interest. One of my tests for a good book is that I continue to think about the plot after the story is over. The Blue Nightgown passes this test!

David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


Passion's Price (Passion Series Book 3)
Passion's Price (Passion Series Book 3)
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Love, May 26, 2015
The story opens as Dawn goes in search of Raven. They grew up as friends in Chota, a Cherokee town in the Carolina territory, bound together, in part, by the fact that both have Cherokee mothers and English fathers. They look out for each other until the day that Raven is banished. Leaving Chota, she travels to England where he becomes successful in business.
Dawn knows that something is wrong, that he needs her help, that he needs her, and she travels to England to find him. She goes to marry him, because they were mean for each other.
What she finds, in addition to Raven, is a tangled web of relationships, betrayal, and murder. She finds good friends. She finds love.
The book was easy to read and held my interest. The characters of Dawn and Raven were especially well done. If you like historical romances, this is one book for you.
David Burnett for the Kindle Book review
I received a copy of the book in return for a fair and unbiased review.


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