Books and Reviews – August 15, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.  It has been very busy again this week with school starting soon, band camp under way, and projects around the house.  I have been reading and listening as often as I can find the time.  I did not finish any audiobooks this week, but I did read two wonderful books.  The first is a suspense filled political thriller romance, and the other is a historical paranormal mystery romance novel set in the Victorian era of America.

Here is a quick look at what caught my eye on the review blogs for this week:  Cover reveals (So excited – Rhys Ford on Monday at The Novel Approach Reviews) Well, everyday there is an author featured that I will not want to miss.  Jordan L Hawk is on Joyfully Jay’s Monday for a guest post and Giveaway for her new book Fallow which is one of my featured books this week.  Joyfully Jay also has details for the September Reading ChallengeThey also posted their List of favorite international books I will also be looking forward to seeing Lex Chase, CS Poe, Angel Martinez, Lisa Henry and many more appearing on the blogs throughout the week. Plus there are giveaways and reviews galore! Be sure to check every day.

Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer The Executive OfficeTitle: Enemies of The State
Series: The Executive Office Book 1
Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher:  Nine Star Press
Publication Date:  February 14, 2016


Blurb:  A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.
A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.
A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

Thoughts:  4,5 stars
I did not expect to be swept away by this book. I am not usually looking for political thrillers. It came highly recommended and now I can see why. It is a political thriller, with lots of action and a wonderful romance too. It definitely had some edge of your seat moments and a few where I had to set the book down only to rush back because I had to see what happened next.
The book does leave us set up for the next in the series, so not a cliffhanger really but definitely open.
Michelle at Joyfully Jay Reviews gives an excellent in depth review here:  Joyfully Jay michelle-signature

I can’t wait for the next book!



Next up is a novel in one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors.  Jordan L Hawk is a master story teller and has become an auto-buy for me.  This is the latest novel in her Whyborne and Griffin Series.

Fallow Whyborne & Griffin book 8 Jordan L HawkTitle: Fallow
Series: Whyborne & Griffin Book 8
Author: Jordan L Hawk
Publisher: Self
Publication Date: August 5, 2016

Buy your copy here:

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Blurb:  When Griffin’s past collides with his present, will it cost the lives of everyone he loves?

Between the threat of a world-ending invasion from the Outside and unwelcome revelations about his own nature, Percival Endicott Whyborne is under a great deal of strain. His husband, Griffin Flaherty, wants to help—but how can he, when Whyborne won’t tell him what’s wrong?

When a man from Griffin’s past murders a sorcerer, the situation grows even more dire. Once a simple farmer from Griffin’s hometown of Fallow, the assassin now bears a terrifying magical corruption, one whose nature even Whyborne can’t explain.

To keep Griffin’s estranged mother safe, they must travel to a dying town in Kansas. But as drought withers the crops of Fallow, a sinister cult sinks its roots deep into the arid soil. And if the cult’s foul harvest isn’t stopped in time, Fallow will be only the first city to fall.

Fallow is the eighth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.


I have already said that this is one of my favorite series.  At one time I would have told you that I did not like historical fiction.  I was proven wrong.  I have found many wonderful historical novels in the MM genre over the years and this series is one of my very favorite.

I experienced a full range of emotions while reading this novel and even managed to snort/laugh my iced coffee at one point.  I adore this series. If you love historical (even if you don’t – you will. Trust me on this), paranormal romance and mystery. You will love the Whyborne & Griffin series. Go buy Widdershins – Whyborne & Griffin Book 1, and get started.

If you are already a fan , here is a lovely Review of Fallow by Dianne for It’s About The Book

If you have not read the series and are ready to settle in and enjoy or just find out more, click here:  Whyborne & Griffin series new covers Amazon



I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading



Finn and library




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