Review: Until We Touch (Fool’s Gold, Book 15) by Susan Mallery

until we touchReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Jack McGarry is having a talk about Larissa Owens and learns something interesting.  Larissa is relatively new to Fool’s Gold but she loves it there.  They work together in the same office.  The reader should realize early on that this is going to be a book that is hard to put down.  You will realize that this can be read as a stand-alone.  But you will find it very hard at times not to either smile or laugh.

So if you’ve never read this series before you won’t be lost.  And I hope that if this is your first read in the “Fool’s Gold” series that this will be incentive for you to read the other books.  If you stop over to Susan’s web site, http://susanmallery.com/series.html, you’ll notice that she makes it easy for her readers – she breaks this series down by years.

I’m not joking when I say how easy it is to get lost in this story.  I was never so happy to have a day where I had to take my father to a series of medical appointments.  I got to finish this great book with only a few interruptions.  But be prepared – I took him to one of our local bookstores and was getting toward the end when I started to get tears in my eyes.  But luck was on my side because I could blame it on my Frappuccino.  The only disappointment in the ending was that there was no picture – you’ll understand when you get to that point.

This book is a must have.  If you’re a reader who still loves paperbacks and also has an e-reader, personally this is a series that is perfect to have in paperback form.  With the amount of time I spent reading that day I was out with my father, my e-reader would have run out of power.  Make sure to also mark your calendar; the next book will be coming out in October.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Until We Touch (Fool’s Gold Book 15)

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10 Reasons Football Players Should Do Ballet

ONLY THE BRAVE TRY BALLET cover medGuest blog by Stefanie London, author of Only the Brave Try Ballet

I love books that throw unlikely pairings together. In my debut novel, Only the Brave Try Ballet, I put a former wild-child football player and an ex-professional ballerina together…oh, and I made the footy player take ballet lessons just to make him extra uncomfortable. Grant and Jasmine do seem like an odd couple, but they find more commonalities between their lives and their careers than they first expect. Jasmine has the tough task of convincing Grant that the ballet lessons will help him.

So why would a football player take ballet lessons? Here are a few reasons I came up with:

Ten Reasons Football Players Should Do Ballet:

  1. Flexibility – both his and hers!
  2. Core stability – important both on the footy field and in the bedroom
  3. Sweat – ballet may not look it, but it’s an amazing work out
  4. Ballet teachers – much better than what a footballer will find in the men’s locker room
  5. Strength – ballet works the whole body, but it’s especially great for thighs and calves
  6. Injury prevention – all that stretching is great for keeping muscles and joints injury free
  7. Increased body awareness – holding ballet positions increases awareness of how the body moves and the muscles work
  8. Mental challenge – many football players started when they were kids, they know the game inside out. Ballet is a whole new world for them to conquer
  9. Romance – ballet is romantic and passionate, maybe the footy players could pick up a few tips?
  10. Love – they might just meet the love of their life…Grant Farley sure did!

Official Blurb:

Step up, Grant Farley…not your typical ballet student!

Football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape—fast. Ballet wouldn’t be his first or even his last choice, but he’s desperate. Enter tantalizingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell—one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he’ll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter!

But it’s not only Grant’s flexibility that Jasmine’s pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won’t she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she’s brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!

Buy: Only the Brave Try Ballet

IMG_0449_2 - smlAuthor Bio: Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thankfully, Nan was a patient woman.

Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of travelling the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy, contemporary romance stories and she couldn’t be happier.

Links: Stefanie loves to hear from her readers, you can find her at her website or on Facebook.

Review: Magic Gone Wild (Bottled Magic, Book 3) by Judi Fennell

MagicGoneWildReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Nirvana is a genie in training but she’s having a slight problem. Peter Harrison is her current master. And it appears that he’s having problems of his own. And then our story really begins.

Vana meets Peter’s great-grandson, Zane Harrison. I grew up watching the TV show “I Dream of Jeannie”. I can imagine a sexy blond, looking like Barbara Eden, playing the part of Vana. But you would have to get someone a whole lot sexier than Larry Hagman to play Zane’s part. I just can’t picture Larry with a six pack. Then we have a bird named Merlin. When he speaks the voice I hear is Gilbert Gottfried, the bird from Disney’s “Aladdin”.

Vana has real trouble with magic which may explain why she is still in training after so many years. But it’s interesting that when Zane comes into her life, things start to click into place. The heat they create together is almost combustible. And once they kiss… – I’m not going to spoil things for you. You need to buy a copy to find out. If you have purchased Judi’s other genie books, you will certainly love this one as well.

What I love about Judi is that she could make each of her genie books the same but each couple is totally different. It’s what makes each book unique – each book stands alone. We make assumptions on how a genie is supposed to access their powers. Me – I prefer how Vana does it.

Judi also gives us a little mystery – what’s up with Gary? Judi also has the house in a quaint little town. It makes me think of some towns that you might find in Vermont or Maine – a place that you’d like to visit and see if there are any legends that need to be investigated.

As I’m reading this latest book of Judi’s, I’m either laughing or smiling as I read each page. But then I feel disappointed because the book is over. I guess that I’ll just have to wait and see what she has in store for her readers next.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Magic Gone Wild

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