Thursday, December 26, 2013
Cinderella Wore Combat Boots by D L Jackson
Sometimes Fairytales come true...
First Sergeant Cori Valentine faces a bleak future. She’s turning forty in three weeks and life as she knows it is over. An injury received while on deployment has earned her an early retirement from the Marine Corps, something she’s not sure she’ll survive. Things get even better when interfering Marines set her up on a blind date for a party she doesn’t want. The guy has to be a total toad to want to go out with her. Right?
When Madame Eve informs Retired SEAL, Sol Keller she’s found his perfect match, he doesn’t believe it, but takes up the challenge. One look at the First Sergeant in a sexy dress and combat boots has him wondering if fairytales really can come true. Madame Eve might be the legendary Fairy Godmother, and Cori his Cinderella. Sol intends to show the Marine beauty a Prince Charming she’ll never forget, and that retirement isn’t the end of her story but merely the beginning.
Star Rating: Five Stars
Review: What a kickass story!! I absolutely loved this one, not that I haven't loved others' but this one hit close to home.
Everyone deals with some sort of insecurity or phobia, some more than others. This is especially the case when you've suffered a career altering injury like First Sargent Cori, or retired Navy Seal Sol who lost a limb while on a mission.
First Sargent Cori doesn't know what she's going to do without The Corps, she never thought that she would have to face this decision. Enter Gunny who contacts Madame Eve at One Night Stand and sets Cori up with retired Navy Seal Sol Keller for her retirement party. Cori reluctantly goes along with the goof, never expecting to be knocked on her ass when she meets Sol and sparks fly between the two of them.
But is she willing to leave everything that she knows behind to try something new, or put her trust in someone she barely knows?
And what about Sol? What are his hidden secrets?
I have once again fallen in love with DL's portrayal of Cori and Sol, two war scarred heroes that have had to find something else to do with themselves after injuries sideline them. You can see the insecurity in both Cori and Sol, and I can relate to Cori as she tries to figure out what the hell she's supposed to do now.
The reason this hit close to home is that I myself have Cystic Fibrosis, and I look like any other thirtyish year old female. I don't look sick, but I am and someday CF will most likely kill me. It's a daily battle to do my treatments, medicines and take care of my family, and battle depression. When I met my Soul thirteen years ago I sincerely thought at that time that I would never find him. That I would be forever damned to be alone because of my CF.
But that's not all my husband came into our relationship with his own battle scars. When he was seventeen months old he managed to pull a pot of boiling hot water and noodles onto himself, sustaining third degree burns over a third of his body. He had to endure months of hospitalization, and years of brutal teasing and bullying from others.
I remember when we had just met he asked me if his scars bothered me, and I asked him 'What scars?'
Because at that point I hadn't seen any of his scars, I didn't know the story behind them either. His scars cover the upper left pectoral, down to his elbow on his left arm, and the left half of his back all the way to his waist. When he asked me the question he was referring to the few scars that grace the side of his neck and jaw. I honestly hadn't seen them ( I have to admit that I am an ass girl, and my hubby.... *fans self*)
In summary, because I could go on and on and on, lol, there are somethings that we just have to learn to let go and strive forward. And others that if we find the right person won't matter at all. We're each unique and beautiful in our own ways. Each of us have that something that will make us stand out to that one person. They won't see our flaws, and we won't see theirs, we'll both complete and strengthen the other.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Trained to hunt rogues and protect the human race from the threat of shifters, Christa Baker is beginning to rethink her career choice. Especially when her niece and nephew--who she's raised on her own--end up in the crossfire. Now she's looking for a way out and disappear off Shield's radar for good. She never thought her out would be a gorgeous wolf who kidnaps her after raiding Shield HQ.
Warning: Contains one woman on a path she's not ready for, a man who thought things would be different, and a heated exchange that turns out to be the best thing ever.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Being Prince Charming by D.L. Jackson
“You’re no Prince Charming.”
Words screamed in anger, an empty nest, and an emptier life are just some of the reasons people divorce. For Gunny, a diehard Marine who refuses to give up the Corps, and Lissa his wife of over twenty years, the reason isn’t a good one. After a heated argument morphs out of control, Lissa walks away and in his pride, August refuses to go after her.
It took two years, but Lissa is finally ready to move on with her life and marry another man. Only one problem, her heart still belongs to the Marine she left behind.
August is back, looking for a second chance, and this time he isn’t letting Lissa walk away without a fight. Gunny has given up everything, including the Marine Corps, for a second chance with the woman he loves. Madame Eve has given him one night to prove to Lissa he’s all she ever wanted—that he can still be her Prince Charming. Fail, and she’ll marry another man in the morning.
For this Marine—failure is not an option.
Review Rating: Five Stars
Review: D.L. Jackson has done it again!
Being Prince Charming brings to light that you can't stop letting your other half know that you love them, that they are special to you! Tell him/her everyday that you love them, that they're are beautiful and you can't live without them. But don't stop there, SHOW THEM! And guys I know its exceptionally hard for some of you to do that, but if you want to keep your other half then you're gonna have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and do it!
This book had me turning the page until the very end, I wanted to cry and cheer at the torment that both Lissa and Gunny went through for the sake of pride. I absolutely LOVED the dress up bit that Gunny did for Lissa, I know that it more than likely wasn't easy for him being that he's a macho Marine, but for the sake of the woman he loves he donned those tights and sucked it up.
I won't spoil the end of the book for those that have yet to read it, but if you've read other books by D.L. then you know you're in for a treat!
I'm fortunate that I have a husband that shows and tells me everyday that I am beautiful, that he loves me. He has kept me sane, and brought me back from the depths of post-partum depression and allowed me to be an incurable book nerd. I couldn't ask for a better life partner than him, I hope ya'll find yours if you haven't already.
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Friday, December 13, 2013
Review Rating: Three Stars
Review: The title to this book grabbed me off the get go, and the blurb made the story sound inriguing. But as some of you know you sometimes can't always tell a book will be great or stink just from those two things alone.
This was the case with this book.
While over all the story was intriguing, I believe that it could have been better. For me there wasn't enough 'meat' to the story and often found myself confused as to what was going on.
There was a brief mention of the heroines name having something to do with 'Snow White' but in my opinon there was little else that even resembled the popular fable, other than the evil step-mom. (Evil Queen) There were no dwarves, no huntsman, and the Tuttenbaum girls, if they were the reference to the dwarves, featured so little in the story that they may as well have been not in it to begin with.
I'm sorry, I don't mean to tear apart an authors hard work, and I sincerely dislike those that do so. I don't intend for any of this to be negative, or criticizing in any way, this is just my humble opinion of what I read. I realiz that Ms. Myles took liberties with the original fable, and that is fine. I know there are people out there that will most likely disagree with my opinion, and that too is fine.
In conclusion, I believe this author deinitely has potential, but this book did not inspire me to pick up more from this author. Maybe you my fellow readers will have a different opinon, and I would love to hear it if you post a comment.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you D.L. I'm sure your fans are anxious for you to finish writing Trace and Cordray's story, I know I can't wait to read it myself!
Thank you to all the fans that stopped by my Blog today as well, you can follow Donya on Fb, her blog, and her website for interesting little teasers that she loves to drop on us!