Review of When The Game Stands Tall. Review by R.L. Bailey

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Review of When The Game Stands Tall

By R.L. Bailey

Movie Genre: true life, biography

5/5 Angel wings for story

Starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown.

For the most part, faith-based movies don’t do so well for whatever reason. But with the movie, When the Game Stands Tall, the viewer quickly gets the point that, yes, this is a faith-based movie, but it is also an incredibly well acted, well scripted story. The movie tells the tale of The De La Salle High School football team, their amazing winning streak, 151 wins, no losses in 12 years, and the coach, Bob Ladouceur, played brilliantly by the wonderful actor Jim Caviezel, who took a real, true vested interest in each and every player.

It’s all roses and good times…until real life comes screaming into the picture. Coach has a heart attack, then one of the most loved players dies violently. Still reeling from those two things, the new season starts, and the team loses. Their first loss in 13 years. Then they lost a second time. The streak was over.

Coach stepped back and revaluated everything that was important to him. He made the team realize they were more than just a streak of wins. They were family, through good times and bad, and they would always have each other. Once the team starts to really believe that, things start to turn around.

As I stated earlier, this is a faith-based movie. However, that shouldn’t deter anyone from watching it. It’s not preachy; it just conveys the message that life isn’t a guarantee of anything. The acting is top-notch, most notably Jim Caviezel, and Michael Chiklis, as his best friend and assistant coach, Terry. This is a movie for all ages, young and old, and one that I would gladly pay to see a second, or third, time.

 

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Review of Guardians of the Galaxy by R.L. Bailey

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Review of Guardians of the Galaxy

Review by R.L. Bailey

Movie Genre: action adventure

5/5 angel wings for Story

 

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker

 

Buckle up boys and girls, get ready for one topsy turvy, upside down thrill ride, because that is exactly what you’re going to get with the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. The story is simple. Peter Quill, taken as a young boy from Earth, is a rogue…a charming thief…and a bounty hunter. After finding a special orb, wanted by the evil Ronan, Quill is forced to make peace with those who were sent after him, and together, they all form an alliance to save the world. There’s a gun toting raccoon named Rocket, and his sidekick, the gentle, till angered, Groot, who’s a walking tree. Gamora and Drax the destroyer round out the gang, and they do all they can to prevent the destruction of the galaxy.

This was one great movie! And to be honest, it wasn’t one that I was particularly interested in seeing. However, five minutes into the movie, I was hooked. It’s worth the cost of the ticket and popcorn, and if you haven’t seen this one yet…you should.

Review of Dragon’s Revenge (Hunters of Reloria Trilogy Book 3) By Kasper Beaumont. Review by A.R. Wise

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Title: Dragon’s Revenge

Series: Hunters of Reloria Trilogy Book 3

Author Name:  Kasper Beaumont

Reviewer: A.R. Wise

Main Genre: Fantasy

Sub Genre: Young Adult

Story Rating: 5 out of 5

Heat Rating:

 

*Provided to reviewer for honest review*

 

I’m honestly not sure where to start. I took a liking to this series from the moment I finished the first book. I’m sad that it ended but also happy with the outcome.

 

In Dragon’s Revenge, the Hunters of Reloria are still fighting the good and noble fight. Again new allies and enemies are met. Friends are won and lost as with battles. The strength of halflings, fairies, wizards, dwarfs, elves, dragons are tested when almost an entire race is laid to waste.

 

I won’t give anymore away, but I will say each scene is written to pull you in further. I would recommend this series to fantasy lovers young and old. The entire series is well written and put together. The characters are engaging. You laugh, cry, and root for the Hunters and their fight to save their planet. I’ll definitely will be re-reading this series again.

Review of Hot for his Hostage (book 6 in the WILD Boys of Special forces) by Angel Payne. Review by R.L.Bailey

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Review of Hot for his Hostage by Angel Payne

Review by R.L. Bailey

Book 6 in the Wild boys Series

5/5 Angel wings for Story

5/5 flames for heat

 

What happens when the most smoking hot man meets his perfect submissive? They have one night of unforgettable passion, A Dominant man finally finds the one woman who he can bring out the true depths of her submissive passion and one hell of a roller coaster ride of a story!

What happens when the most smoking hot man meets his perfect submissive? They have one night of unforgettable passion. When a Dominant man finally finds the one woman that he can bring the true depths of her submissive passion out in, readers are in for one hell of a roller coaster ride of a story!

 

Shay and Zoe are, literally, the perfect couple, until the day after their one night together. Then, Zoe and her friends are taken hostage, and Shay is the man who took them. This story has its up and downs, like a great, white water course. Over and over as the reader gets deeper into the story, they are astounded with OMG moments. Sometimes, I wanted to reach into my kindle and smack someone. I love when I get emotionally invested in a story, and this book, like the others in the series, makes that happen.

Shay has secrets, ones that could get him killed. He’s given up everything and everyone important to him, to find that one special woman who he’s been searching for—his mother. I don’t like to give spoilers out, so I won’t. This book is as good as the others in the series, and if I wasn’t so head over heels in love with Tait, then Shay would be my Wild Boy. Miss Payne has written a great story, and contrary to other opinions, I do not think the ending was rushed. It ended exactly as it was meant to end. Kudos to Miss Payne for another winner.

*book given to reviewer for fair and honest review.*

REVIEW OF SAVING MY SUBMISSION (DOMS OF GENESIS BOOK 4) BY JENNA JACOB. Review by R. L. Bailey

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Review of Saving My Submission by Jenna Jacob

Book 4 in “Doms of Genesis series

Review by R.L. Bailey

Genre: Erotica/ bdsm

5/5 Angel Wings for story

5/5 flames for heat

 

In Saving my Submission, the latest in the Doms of Genesis series by Jenna Jacob, we get to know Master Steven, and Mellie, the woman who fights her submissive side tooth and nail. After a horrid experience at the hands of a bad Dominant, Mellie had thought she put away that part of her, the submissive part, forever. A strong, determined woman who lives her life by her rules, it is under the expert touch and caring temperament of a true Master that who she really is comes out. The story is about finding that perfect person that is the other half of your soul, and Miss Jacob is an expert at telling these kinds of stories.

Miss Jacob is such a Master storyteller, however, there were some content issues, misspelled or missing words, and although I judge a book strictly on the merits of the story, it would be wrong not to point out these flaws in the editing process, as it does have an impact on the reader. Aside from these few things though, this book, story-wise, is as good as or better than anything the author has written. With each book in the Genesis series, Miss Jacob brings to life the characters who feel so real to the reader. You can’t help but relate to Mellie, and her fears of what being a submissive entails, or Master Steven, who with a strong heart and stronger hand brings out the woman who has been hidden for so long. Even with the few errors in editing, this book is worth the read. Those that love Miss Jacob, as I do, will enjoy the book.

*book bought by reviewer for fair and honest review*

Review of The Highway called Life, by Shivam Seem. Review by A.R. Wise

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Title: The Highway Called Life: 20 Revelations To Simplify Energy Journey

Series: No

Author Name:  Shivam Seem

Reviewer: A.R. Wise

Main Genre: Self Help

Sub Genre:

Story Rating: 2 out of 5

Heat Rating:

 

 

*Provided to reviewer for honest review*

 

Shivam Seem has written a book to try and help others overcome the trials and tribulations of reality. While the concept is not a new one, his views on different subjects like: love, anger, hate, and discrimination are thoughtful.

 

While I do take into consideration that this is Mr. Seem’s first book and English may not be his first language, the book needs major editing. It’s choppy and hard to follow at times, moving from past to present tense within the same sentence.

 

I believe with editing this book would be worth the read of young adults fresh out of college.

Review of ‘Show Me Baby’ :A Club Shadowlands Novella (1001 Dark Nights) Review by R.L. Bailey

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Review of ‘Show Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair

Review by R.L. Bailey

A Masters of the Shadowlands Novella (1001 Dark Nights)

5/5 angel wings for story

5/5 flames for heat

Genre: erotica

 

It is no secret that I am a big Cherise Sinclair fan. I have stated this publically more than once. Miss Sinclair can tell a story better than just about any other writer out there, and I am so very glad to say that ‘Show me, Baby’, a Masters of Shadowlands novella and part of 1001  Dark Nights, not only meets my expectations of her talent but exceeds them ten times over.

The story of Master Jake, a Veteran, and a Veterinarian, and Raine, the woman who grew up poor, is so cleverly weaved that once I started it, I couldn’t put it down! I had to know what happened next, and that is the mark of a great story teller.

Jake is handsome, tall, rich, and a Master at Club Shadowlands. He can have any woman he wants and has a black book full of women’s numbers who would fall over themselves to be with him. He was burned when his submissive, Heather, left him, and he now only does one-night scenes at the kink club.

Raine is a woman on a mission to better herself. She grew up unloved and unwanted by her parents and ended up in the foster system, then on the streets where horrific things happened to her. She finally found a home with Miss Lilly, where she studied hard, went to college, and got her MBA. Her life as a submissive is one of fun and fluff and she is a BBW, Big Beautiful Woman, and she is fine with that, for the most part. She has issues saying no and has been warned on that before. She never takes on a Dom who pushes all her buttons, something that Master Z has noticed. One night in the club, he tells Raine that Master Jake will be topping her, and oh does the fun start then. The reader can feel a true, deep connection to these two. Jake has had his eye on her for a long time, and now Master Z has given him the chance.

Raine is a strong woman but under Master Jake, she finally understands and craves the kind of dominance that she has always denied she wanted. Our hero and heroine take us on a journey of love, sex, understanding and more than that…trust. Raine has to learn to trust her new Master, and Jake has to learn to trust that to ask for help isn’t a sign of weakness in a man.

The sex scenes were smoking hot, and more than once, I had to drink a cold glass of water or two. The chemistry is there between these two from the first page to the last. Each one has issues, and it’s nice to see that a Dominant can learn from his past and be open to new things as well as the submissive. My only complaint with the story is that I read it too fast and now have to wait for the next one. We do get to meet some new people, and is that Ben looking at Mistress Anne? Oh my!

Miss Sinclair has once again delivered. It’s rare to see a series so far along still able to hold the interest of the reader, but the author has managed that feat in spades. Thank you Miss Sinclair for another wonderful story, and I can’t wait for the next one!

*BOOK bought by reviewer*

www.cherisesinclair.com

 

Review of The First Madonna by Yvonne Crowe. Review by R.L.Bailey

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Review of The First Madonna by Yvonne Crowe

NICOLINA FABIANI SERIES: Book 2

 

5/5 stars for story

3/5 flames for heat

 

By R.L. BAILEY

 

 

The First Madonna, book No. 2 in the Nicolina Fabiani series by author Yvonne Crowe had me at the title. I love books that have some kind of historical backstory to them, and this one does. The book centers on Nicolina Fabiani, a reporter for a major television network. She is sent on an assignment in the Middle-East, and on the plane going to Syria, she meets David Baron, an Archaeologist on his way back to recover some artifacts he discovered. While there, Nicolina catches something on film she wasn’t meant to see, and the people doing it don’t want the world to see. Running for her life, she and her camera man come back into contact with David, who helps them escape.

 

David is more than a simple archaeologist though; he is also a trained member of Mossad and works for them. Once she is safely back in Berlin, they run into each other again, and at a dinner, David tells Lina of his family and what they went through during World War II. But he also tells her of an artifact he found while on a dig, and once she is completely enthralled with the story, she asks to go along, the reporter in her wanting to know everything. They work out a disguise for her since she is so well known, and off they go. Thus begins the adventure.

 

This is a very well-plotted out, well-written book. There is enough adventure, mystery, history, and thrills to keep the reader interested. Lina is a smart, independent woman, and in my opinion, David is just the perfect man. Strong, sure, brave, all the things a hero should be. There were some minor issues, the biblical references mixed with the historical sometimes gave me the feeling I was reading another book, but that was so minor that I easily overcame it. I like strong women. Too many times authors make them hopeless romantics who rely on the man to save them. Lina is so not this way at all.

 

Overall, I loved this book, and I am now a fan of the author and will be looking out for more from her.

www.vyonnecrowe.com

 

Review of Hunters Quest by Kasper Beaumont. Review by A.R. Wise

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Title: Hunters’ Quest

Series: Hunters of Reloria Trilogy Book 2

Author Name:  Kasper Beaumont

Reviewer: A.R. Wise

Main Genre: Fantasy

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses

 

 

*Provided to reviewer for an honest review*

 

In this second installment of the Hunters of Reloria Trilogy things start to get very intense. Reloria is under siege from the evil Vergai invaders. They have captured the Elven Jewel, but she is feisty and holding her own.

 

We see our Hunters encounter a host of new allies that lend aid along their hard journey. I believe the mermaids were my favorite. Their journey is fraught with up-hill battles that they have to overcome. The introduction of new characters along the way added additional depth to the story. We get to see Rendi, Fendi, and the others grow just a little more.

 

I’ve said this in a previous review, I haven’t read a good fantasy since The Lord of The Rings, but Kasper Beaumont has put me on the path to yet another that I would likely read more than once. The descriptions of characters and places will transport you to Reloria and into the hearts of the Hunters themselves.

 

If you like fairies, dragons, dwarfs, mermaids, elves, mages, halflings, and the like, you’ll absolutely love the Hunters of Reloria. I’m looking forward the reading the third book in the trilogy and finding out if our heroes can save the day.

Review of Lilac Lane by Ann Swann. Review by R.L. Bailey

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Review of Lilac Lane by Ann Swann

Mystery, suspense

Stutter Creek Series: book 2

4/5 Angel wings

 

What do you do when you and your child are abused? You put the rat in prison and move to start a new and better life, at least that’s what you hope will happen. Such is the premise of Ann Swann’s second book in the Stutter Creek Series, Lilac Lane.

When our heroine Elle discovers that her husband has abused her 10-year-old son, Nick, she acts quickly, calls the police, does all she should do as a mother protecting her child. As Anson, her abusive hubby is led away, he swears revenge. So Ella packs her and Nick up and moves to the small quiet town of Stutter Creek.

There she meets an assortment of people, all offering her help to start over. From Norma, who lives down the road, to Marissa the dispatch operator who answers Ella’s call for help when she starts hearing noises up in the attic. The police officer dispatched discovers a hole in the attic and convinces her that it’s a nest of raccoons, which she doesn’t believe.

More and more starts to happen, and Ella becomes convinced that it’s her ex coming to get the revenge he promised. Ella also meets Chet, the local wildlife biologist, and begins a sweet and gentle romance with a bit of cute humor tossed in.

The mystery deepens, and there are enough twists and turns to keep even the most avid reader’s attention. Miss Swann has written a good and interesting story. Her characters are quite believable, especially Ella. The reader can feel and emphasize for her, which is core to keeping a reader going. This is the second book in the series, Stutter Creek, and I look forward to more works by this author.

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