Saturday, July 25, 2015

Long Road Home

Publisher's Site
The McCassey Brothers Book 4: THE LONG ROAD HOME
by Lauren N Sharman

Genre: Mainstream
SubGenre: Romance

EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-60313-263-3
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-60313-262-6

About the book:

Nineteen-year-old Georgia survived four years of forced prostitution and drug addiction by clinging to the false hope that her brothers—unaware of her existence—would one day rescue her.

The last thing Blackie, Judd, and Rebel McCassey expect to discover when they catch a young girl loitering in front of their garage, is that she’s their younger, half-sister.
Immediately, they want to help Georgia overcome her addiction and bring her into the family fold, despite her adamancy that she isn’t good enough to be a McCassey.
Used to handling things their own way, the brothers soon realize that this time, they can’t fix things by throwing powerful right hooks, firing semi-automatic weapons, or simply saying, ‘no worries’.

This time, they need an outsider’s help.

But Georgia’s skeptical, and doubt consumes her as her strength and confidence falter.

Georgia knows her brothers will fight for her…but will she fight for herself?



My review is long overdue, but I try my best to fulfill my promise. With "Long Road Home" this was both a difficult read and frankly one I would not have missed for the world.

If you know the McCassey Brothers you know they're not squeaky-clean perfectly formed cookie-cutter heroes. They're a little rough around the edges. A tad across legal limits. Language and fists tend to fly around. They've been banged up a bit. 

But do not question their loyalty. Do not doubt they protect their own.

Nothing's prepared them for Georgia. Nothing's prepared them for learning they have a little sister who survived a hell at the hands of the man who fathered them all.

A Hell even they might not have survived.

No. "Long Road Home" is not an easy read. It's downright terrifying. It's gut-wrenching. Tear-jerking. Heartbreaking.

One of the best stories I've read in some time.

Ms. Sharman's writing carries you forward through the darkness to the hope everyone needs. She pulls no punches. There's no sugarcoating hard life truths.

Ms. Sharman shows you the heart which is within any and all of us.

Yeah, I'm raving. "Long Road Home" took me away from everything...even any little items I may have caught if my critic/reviewer-hat had been remembered. 

What I remember is a story of family and their fight for each other and for themselves. I'm still feeling the emotions rolling inside. Yeah, this is a story I'll stand beside and defend.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Havana Heat

Author Website

Anise is plagued by past life visions in her Cuban journey. A sexy spirit man disrupts her photography project urging her to return to a past life in revolutionary Bolivia. Anise’s heart is torn between Dr Reese Lyon and the spirit man. Angels guide Anise but mysterious manipulations force Reese into a fantasy world of “no return”. The magic of a jealous Santeria priestess threatens to destroy them all. Anise has to make a choice. Will she risk death to be with her lover forever?


Anastasia has offered me a very different read, even by my romance understanding. I'm still working through my thoughts on this heat-filled romance. Nothing to make it erotica but enough to make me blush if my mom was reading this as well. 

If I can examine romances, there's always a story for each player and then their story together. In HAVANA HEAT add possibly three more stories...the priestess who wants Reese; Reese's own other world travel; and Anise's travels. Okay, maybe the priestess fits into the story of Reese and Anise.

I have to admit, I did find the traveling a little confusing. At the same time, I preferred the two traveling stories more than the "reality" story of Reese and Anise. At that point, Anastasia wrote two very different genres. A reality of freedom fighting and love mixed with death and a colourful fantasy world with undersea animals and fairy creatures. It's not easy to develop three separate genres into one book with the same characters.

Given my familiarity with Anastasia work, HAVANA HEAT is her voice...and her love of chocolate. Her fans will enjoy the travels presented within.

New fans will need cooling off from the heat.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why I sometimes read romance

The lack of romance reviews could have you thinking I don't read romance. I They're just all listed back on my review website so far.

I'm a blood and guts gal. I'm not a "chick flick," and I know how some hate that phrasing, gal. I get frustrated with the general romance story arc/formula.

However, I don't mind romance as the secondary genre in a story. I'm not totally cold-hearted that I don't ever want to see any emotional attraction between leading characters...all stories need some emotional connection. And I'm certainly not dead when it comes to a solid steam scene.

Honestly, I'm thrilled when a romance story grabs me and I can't stop reading. I've even been surprised at my reactions to a love story. Yes, I've cheered the characters on and have shed a tear or more.

Plus not all romance stories read as romance stories. They're just that...stories. An escape into a made up world visiting non-real people whose lives are just a little more exciting than mine. The best ones make you want them to be real.

I'll gladly state that I believe Romance is the genre of hope. Perhaps even trust. That here in this genre we find a place to trust and hope that all the what ifs will work out. If not happily ever after, at least they way that's best for all.