Ridge Brothers Bear Shifters Series #shifterromance #KU

Ridge Brothers Bear Shifters Series

Synopsis
Damon + Kinsley
Everett + Chloe
Cash + Zoe
Austin + Ellie

Opinion
Each book is about 100 pages and follow a very similar format.

Bear gets whiff of mate and goes crazy to find her.
Predictably when he shifts back to human form, he’s naked but definitely unafraid.

Instalove is not my favorite because it takes away the romance. Shifter insta-love is supposed to remove the doubt that there will be a HFA.

There is no falling in love with the person for who they are. Its SNAP! You are in love because the universe said so. No matter that you just met. The characters do not know each other but “lets bone!” and “I love you forever”.

There was some age difference between most couples. The heroines were between 18-24 and the heroes were around 30 years old.

In the last book, Austin is 52 and Ellie is 18. I refused to read that book. I don’t care how much of a silver fox he is! I wanted to say, “Find a woman your own age Austin! Your soulmate was NOT born after your daughter.” And why does she have to be a virgin but he obviously did not wait for his soulmate. At least in the other stories, they were each other’s firsts. That made the stories more tolerable.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. The series was full of instalove and ridiculous situations but if you like bear shifter romances, you will find it entertaining. It is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Book details
Series: Ridge Brothers Bear Shifters
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: around 100 pages each story


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Where the Crawdads Sing #bookclubpick

Where the crawdads sing 

Synopsis
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Opinion
I loved this book! The imagery was beautiful. I had nostalgic feelings of playing with one of my childhood friends who under different circumstances would have been a “Kya”.

Kya was misunderstood because she lived in extreme poverty and squalor. People judged her to be ignorant and incapable of learning or understanding. So she retreated to nature and loved the land. The land proved to have reciprocated love for her as well.

This is not to say that no one helped her. Without Jumpin and his wife, she would not have been able to make it. And I believe if the story had been set in a different time, they probably would have adopted her which would have made for a very different story.

She was definitely an artist. She was intelligent. She was proud. She was also patiently waiting for those who left her to return. By the time she realized that would not happen, she had been on her own for so long that she knew no other way.

It is a bittersweet story. My heart goes out to the young child who had been abandoned by everyone and forced to face the harsh realities of life mostly by herself. However, through it all she was able to grow and flourish against all odds.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. This is a story that is worth reading.

Book details
Series: N/A
Heat Level: N/A
Print Length: 379 pages

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Cowboy Dragon (Texas Dragons Book 1) #dragonshifter #KU #romance

Cowboy Dragon (Texas Dragons Book 1) ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Synopsis

Marian West has nothing left to her name but her car (which is currently broken down), an old coin in her pocket, and the legend of a man named Harrison, who she’s currently looking for. But instead of finding the last person that can help her, she gets a pack of hungry coyotes instead. By either good or bad luck, she’s rescued by a tall, gorgeous stranger with eyes bluer than a Texas sky. He’s dominant and commanding and everything Marian hates about cowboys. He’s also irresistible, and her only hope.

Harrison didn’t expect to find the curvy, stubborn human woman so interesting. After saving her from coyotes and more, the experienced cowboy boss of Dragonclaw Ranch knows he owes Marian for a favor her father did for him a long time ago. But his dragon says “mate” every time he looks at her, and even though he’s going to help the determined woman, it will be difficult to keep the monster inside him from wanting to make her his own.

As Marian and Harrison grow closer, unexpected kisses lead quickly to scorching nights beneath the full Texas moon. Danger and secrets lurk around every corner, but anything that threatens a Texas dragon’s mate will quickly learn that everything is bigger in Texas. Even a dragon’s love.

Opinion

Harrison & Marian!!!!

It has been a while since I read a dragon shifter romance from Terry Bolryder, and I was feeling so sentimental!

In this story, Marian cashes a IOU type of dragon chip because she is down on her luck and needs a place to stay until she can get back on her feet. The dragon who gave this chip is Harrison.

Marian is spunky and looks for ways to be independent. The independence is a coping mechanism for a lifetime of having people let her down. This leads to the main reason why she is so hesitant about getting into a relationship.

Harrison is drawn to her but he’s trying to keep his distance so he doesn’t reveal his big secret that he is a dragon shifter. Meanwhile, there is trouble brewing with their shifter neighbors who seem to be around just to cause mischief.

The story centers around Marion and Harrison getting to know each other and learning how to trust one another. Plus, there are some monsters that Harrison knows could be an issue in the future and he is wary about getting into a relationship with someone because of it. Never fear! It all works out for the best.

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?

Buy. Overall, it’s not as action packed as other dragon shifter romances, but it still was a fun, light read. Harrison and Marian were a cute couple.

Book details

Series: Texas Dragons Book 1
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

Print Length: 191 pages

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Salkehatchie Secret #SCmystery #beachread

If you are looking for a beach read this summer, check out this book by C Hope Clark.

Photo cred: Hope Clark

This is the second crossover book featuring Slade and Callie . I am here for it!!! I love getting both of their points of view while they try to stay alive and figure out who is responsible for the crime.


If you like mysteries, I recommend it. You will not be disappointed. It is full of action from beginning to end. There are so many twists and turns that you will be on the edge of your seat.

If you are a fan of books set in South Carolina , you definitely want to check this (and her whole series) out. I love how she pays attention to the little details that paint the full picture that you almost wonder if it really happened. I mean, can I go to Edisto and drink ginger ale with Callie?

TOW Top 5 Travel Tips – To do in Dublin #Ireland ☘️ #travel #tryitTuesday

Since it’s been a while since I have traveled internationally, I have been looking at my pictures of vacations from past years.

In 2017, I told hubs that we were taking an international trip to a new location. I wanted a new stamp in my passport.

He got to pick the country. He chose Ireland.

Hiking at a park


Not knowing much about the country, I began reading tourist blogs and watching YouTube channels dedicated what to do when visiting the country.

Sheep are everywhere

As I reminisce about that trip, here are my top 5 travel tips

-Do go to The Church and sit in the bar area (their food was phenomenal and they used to have live music and Irish dancers Monday-Wednesday). They take pub food to another level. If you get the roast chicken, it is big enough to share. Add on a dessert for a discounted price.

-Do book a bus tour to Cliffs of Moher (it’s a long day but totally worth it). It’s a win-win because you get to see the countryside, relax while someone else drives, and see breathtaking natural beauty.

-Do check buying your tour tickets online for best value (we saved 40% with Darby tours by booking online)

-Do go to Pennys for cute fashion at a value price. They have something for everyone. I bought some comfy pajamas.

Do a hop on-hop off city bus tour to get the layout and history of the whole city (we chose Do Dublin and added the Guinness brewery tour). You can hop off and visit the sites and then hop back in the bus to travel around the rest of the city.


Here are my top three DONT’S in the city

-Don’t be intimidated by riding the Luas aka “the tram” (its easy to navigate and people are generally helpful)

-Don’t believe it when the locals say “tram travel time is about 15 minutes” (whatever travel time estimate they give, you probably better triple that)

-Don’t forget that they drive on the left (be careful when crossing the street or only use crosswalks)

Final thoughts: Ireland is a BEAUTIFUL country and I think everyone should visit at least once.

I can’t wait to return!