Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheradin

20639274Title: Archer’s Voice

Author: Mia Sheradin

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5

Synopsis: 

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

Review 4.5 Stars 

For me it’s all about the story.  The physical intimacy shared between two characters is a bonus, but if a good story isn’t there it just doesn’t do it for me. Archer’s Voice was a beautiful story. The beginning takes you into Archer’s world. He shows us a glimpse of what happened to him as a child, but the tragedy that happens to him is what the reader really wants to know. Shifting forward to present time and we follow Bree’s story. A newcomer to a small town, away from a past that continually haunts her on a daily basis. A new life is what she is looking for, hoping that memories and nightmares will subside planting herself far away from her hometown in Ohio.

On her first day she meets Archer. Bumping into him and feeling flustered as her Almond Joys and tampons lay on the ground, she talks to him hoping to decrease the embarrassing moment. Archer picks up said items, but does not talk back. Bree feels an instant connection with him and from that moment forward she is happy whenever she sees him, an emotion she hasn’t felt in awhile. Now I’m not one that really goes for the Love-at-First-Sight kind of story, but this felt different to me.

Archer’s awkward personality is evident from his quiet ways, to his disheveled appearance, and his mistrust of people.  He’s a man with many layers and his long beard and hair, along with his rugged clothing keeps people from really seeing the real him.

Bree considers herself lucky that her cottage is so close to Archer’s home.  As she passes his house to go to the lake, she stops at the tall locked fence and wonders what it is about Archer that attracts her. He doesn’t seek her attention, but she seeks his.

Then one day, the gate to his house is open and she walks in; and the story really takes off.

I love books like these. I love that the characters are so flawed you ache for them.  You can see the characters transform and you feel sympathy during their most vulnerable times. Both are underdogs with the tragedy they have had to live through, but I had such a soft spot for Archer.  I’m not sure how believable some readers may find his character. After all, he was alone most of his life without much socialization. Bree was his lifeline and his relationship with her bordered on obsession. That to me I suppose was realistic. Most of his life he was alone, and when he fell in love Bree, he feared the thought of losing her more than anything.

The ending to me seemed a little rushed and could have done with a more suspenseful and climactic conclusion. It felt a bit like a “let’s wrap it up” sort of ending. That was the only disappointing part. The use of how “beautiful” Archer was also a little redundant.

The epilogue did make up for it though, so this should not deter other readers from picking this one up. It was very well written and edited. No obvious hiccups grammatically and the story flowed very well. I’m new to this author’s work, and quite impressed with it. I’ll be keeping a close eye on future and past works. One-click this if you haven’t already. Certainly a 4.5 star rating for Archer and Bree that kept me reading well past my bedtime.

 

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About the Author (from Barne’s & Noble):

I’m Mia Sheridan. So nice to meet you! :) I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. My published novels include Leo, Leo’s Chance, and Stinger.

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mrs. poe by lynn cullen : a review.

Originally posted on Literati Book Reviews:

mrs-poe-9781476702933_lgTitle:Mrs. Poe
Author: Lynn Cullen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Gallery Books (October 1, 2013)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Book description / Synopsis

The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar’s frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .

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Book Review Tour: Ghost Sniper by David Healey

 

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Cover Ghost SniperTitle: Ghost Sniper: A World War II Thriller

Author:David Healey

Genre:Thriller/Adult

Publication Date:January 14, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. Micajah Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the dreaded German “Ghost Sniper” who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front.

As part of a motley team of Americans and a British paratrooper who has made one too many jumps, Cole is sent deep into the French hedgerow country to spearhead counter sniper operations. Guiding them is a lovely French Resistance fighter named Jolie Molyneux who knows the hidden paths and trails. The presence of a woman creates tension among the men, but Jolie is interested in one thing only–revenge against the occupiers.

The Germans are far more practiced at sniper warfare, but Cole uses his natural cunning and hunting skills learned in the mountains back home. However, the Americans soon face the Ghost Sniper, the deadliest German of them all.

Jolie risks everything to spy on the Germans and clear Cole’s line of fire. Locked in a deadly duel, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman in a climatic final battle, both of them one bullet away from victory–or the ultimate defeat–as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.

D.M Doyle’s Review

Ghost Sniper is a fictional World War II action novel that centers on events in Normandy during and immediately following the initial Allied invasion. Written by David Healey, Ghost Sniper is fast paced and will keep the reader’s attention throughout the novel. Healey has written  several historical fiction novels centering on different eras and military conflicts. His endeavor into the Second World War should not disappoint anyone who is interested in that conflict, or more specifically the D-Day Invasion and the battles that followed in Normandy.

The novel revolves around a ragtag tag team of American soldiers ordered to eliminate a German sniper who is making life difficult for Allied troops in the French countryside. They become a group of “counter -snipers” if you will. The best shooter of the unit is Micajah Cole; a tough as nails country boy who most likely came straight out of the deepest part of Appalachia. Their adversary is Kurt Von Stenger ; an aristocratic German sniper who previously fought on the Russian Front. Von Stenger is cunning and deadly. In reading the novel, I got the sense that Von Stenger feels Americans are not a worthy enemy, and his skills would be put to a more adequate and glorious use if he were still fighting the Soviets.

One aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was how Healey tells the story from the viewpoints of both Cole and Von Stenger. This narration kept me captivated as the story moved towards the thrilling climax.

I would recommend Ghost Sniper to anyone who enjoys World War II action-adventure historical fiction. The writing was straightforward, compelling, and lively. The diverse group of characters also adds to the appeal of the novel adding some comic relief here and there. I believe Healey will continue to write more novels featuring the on going “sniper chess match” between Micajah Cole and Von Stenger.

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David Healey has been a journalist, librarian and teacher. He has written several novels, including the Civil War novel “Sharpshooter” and a mystery, “The House that Went Down with the Ship.” His nonfiction books include “Great Storms of the Chesapeake” and “1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War.” His articles and essays have been published in many magazines, including American History, The Washington Times, Blue & Gray, Running Times and Maryland Life. When not writing, he enjoys hiking, working on his old house, and driving his family crazy by pulling over to the side of the road to read historical markers.

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One)

Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Oh I loved this book, first in a trilogy and for once its erotic without being just sex…some of those are actually a turn off, with no real story, just some vapid sexual encounters. This though – its what I think of as an erotic novel for the real reader, the person who wants everything, sex and story, proper drama, genuine emtions and problems we all have.
Olivia, she’d had such a difficult childhood, but worked diligently and at twenty four is finally an undergraduate. She’s not very confident, thanks to her horrible mother and awful upbringing, so when she meets the sexy and attractice Dean, university professor, she can’t quite belive he wants her and not some long legged, gorgeous, model type woman. He does want her though, and this book starts when…

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Beautiful Poem on #PoetryWednesday #StalkAPoet

Originally posted on the sacred road:

forest

moon dipped kisses
gifted upon butterfly wings –
a hush among the stardust
the blue-black darkness brings.

bathed in delicate moonlight,
she hovers in the in-between
in awe of all illuminated before her
and the hidden secrets of what’s left unseen.

a cacophony of music
lilts upon waiting ears –
a symphony of melancholy
married in the joy that once laid here.

it is a place of untold magic
that begets as beautifully as it annihilates.
no longer could she willingly evade
the haunting promise that awaits.

tinker tailor soldier
in the depths of despair she did spy,
ever searching for untold answers
her desperate heart not to be denied.

she pleads her fairy wishes
and into the expanse they ebb like rain.
unaware all the answers are before her
if she could but hear them above the pain.

a profound moment of understanding
shatters the very prison of all…

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