Monday, July 24, 2017

Random Review: His Baby To Protect by Kiki Burrelli #Review #Giveaway

Author: Kiki Burrelli
Book: His Baby To Protect
Series: The Den #1
Self Published
Publication Date: May 4, 2017
Length: 258 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Farley is an introverted mess. Overweight and still living with his parents he didn’t think his confidence could get any lower until he’s carjacked in a convenience store parking lot. The severe beating is nothing compared to having to replace his mom’s car on his part-time wages. He makes a plan to change his life around starting with getting fit.

Farley can’t see why anyone like Oscar would have even the slightest interest in him. He’s a goof-off at best but when Oscar agrees to help him get into shape at the gym, Farley won’t say no. He’ll just have to keep his libido in check before he makes a fool of himself.

Oscar can’t explain why his inner wolf has taken him to a hospital room where a man lay, his face swollen and bruised. Until now, he and his wolf have lived in harmony. When Oscar wants physical contact he goes out and gets it, no strings, no second nights. But that all goes out the window when he sees Farley. He doesn’t know the first thing about being a mate, but he knows that no one will ever hurt Farley again.

Oscar fears his intense feelings may scare his mate away so Oscar agrees to be Farley’s trainer. As fun as watching Farley squat may be, Oscar begins to suspect that the simple carjacking Farley endured may be a sign of something more, that he may be in danger. But this time, Farley won’t be left beaten. Farley is his baby to protect.


His Baby To Protect is book one in Kiki Burrelli’s The Den series. Now, I was told this was a spinoff from another series but I never read that. I can say without a doubt you can read this as a standalone without reading it though.

My favorite thing about this book was Farley. Without question he was amazing. I didn’t love his self-deprecation but he was a product of the life around him. He’s overweight and when the book opens, he’s violently mugged. Drawn to the gym to get in shape and not be a helpless victim is where he meets Oscar. Well, re-meets him.

What I really loved about this book was that the author never, not once, body shamed Farley. As a matter of fact she showed us that we can love ourselves no matter our size and that others will love us too. Major props to that I was impressed.

Oscar was adorable in his need to protect Farley and their interactions were often humorous. This isn’t some high speed action book, or even suspenseful. There was a bit of nail-biting at the end for a brief moment but all in all it’s a fairly light read. I really loved the message in this book and look forward to reading more of this series.


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Release Day Review: The Rhubarb Patch by Deanna Wadsworth #Review #Giveaway

Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Book: The Rhubarb Patch
Series: The Men Of Gilead #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publication date: July 24, 2017
Length: 284 pages

Reviewed by Erin


City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed whacker away from the rhubarb patch.

Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.

Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind, older neighbor is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.

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If you're a fan of the opposites attract trope--and really, who isn't?--then you're definitely going to want to check out The Rhubarb Patch by Deanna Wadsworth. Two neighbors, one a city boy who suddenly finds himself in the middle of the country, the other a farmer who likes his solitude, find out sometimes even the most unlikely of people can make a connection. At first glance, Scott and Phineas (what a FABULOUS name!) might not seem like they fit, but they sure will make a believer out of you.

When Scott Howe finds out he's inherited his late grandmother's farm in small town Gilead, Ohio, he's surprised to say the least ...and it couldn't have come at a better time. After a nasty break-up with his ex-boyfriend, Scott is more than happy to get away. Finding himself completely out of his element--he doesn't know a weed from a rhubarb plant--he slowly begins to see that his life isn't going exactly as he'd wanted. Of course, his neighbor, Phineas, rubber boot wearing and tighty-whitey wearing guy that he is might have something to do with that, too. These two couldn't be more different, but once they stop sniping and start talking to one another, they find that their differences might not be so bad, Phineas's Republican leaning notwithstanding.

The Rhubarb Patch was a sweet, next to no angst book that pretty much had me smiling from the first page. I loved Phineas. He was so careful to trust, but so in need of having someone he could call his own. And Scott, boy did he need the time and space to figure out he wasn't quite as helpless as people liked to make him think he was. I loved watching the slow dance between Scott and Phineas, their opening up and discovering things about one another. I could have done without the melodrama with Scott's mom and her husband, but other than that one little complaint, there really wasn't anything not to enjoy about The Rhubarb Patch. A quaint, small town, two characters who were genuine and likable, and a romance that was quiet and sweet made this book one I'd definitely recommend.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Diverse Reader's Week In Review: 7/17-7/23

It’s the end of the week and life is crazy. So, maybe you missed something. Here’s everything that posted on Diverse Reader this week. Just click the link and it will take you to the original post.
There was lots going on. The Christmas in July Giveaway, book releases, random reviews, and tours! Make sure you didn’t miss out!

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Looking For A Cover Artist? Spotlighting Natasha Snow

When it comes to people we often say, never judge a book by its cover. When it comes to a book, it’s a huge factor. Diverse Reader has been spotlighting cover artists and design companies and today we are focusing on artist Natasha Snow. No question you’ve seen her work around. She’s done covers for authors: Anyta Sunday, Megan Erickson, Roan Parrish, Joanna Chambers, Santino Hassell, and so many more. Today we take a look at her works and show you how you can contact her and see her services for your next book. Enjoy!

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Thank you all so much! Make sure you check Natasha out! She’s quite outstanding!