Retro Romance Review: The MacKinnon's Bride by Tanya Anne Crosby

A saucy wench and a randy scot  reside within these fun-filled pages.

Mackinnon's Bride by Tanya Anne Crosby
Historical Romance
Descended of the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad's return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil.

FitzSimon's daughter has lived her entire life in the shadow of the man she called father--yet never would she have imagined he would forsake his only daughter. Even as Page blames her captor for welching on a contract with her father, she suspects the truth. But the shadows hold secrets ... now only the love of her reluctant champion can save the MacKinnon's Bride. 
My Thoughts

My local reading group selected this book for our chat (they all loved it). We got it free on Bookbub and as of right now, it&#…

TTT: Books Featuring Yummy & Horrific Foodstuffs

Hey bookish friends, as usual I am taking the TTT and messing with it. Today's prompt is: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you'd love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don't read foody books.) 

I'm throwing in a few choices that actually fit the theme and a few that, well, let's just say I'm throwing them in for another reason . . . 

Click on any cover to be whisked away to my review either here or at Goodreads.

Books That May Make You Hungry 

I'm not even a big fan of the Oreo (unless they're filled with peanut butter or covered in dark chocolate) but this story made me desperately crave them because the characters gobbled them up so gleefully! Plus there's a cute dog. Go read it :)  

Doggies need healthy snacks too and some of these smelled so good I was tempted to give them a taste.

Yum, this book is fille…

Dark Fiction Review: Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

A menacing little story that ends a little too HEA for the likes of me.

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Horror Novella
Audiobook 2 hours & 42 minutes
Released May 2017

Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the town of Castle Rock—paired on audio with King’s Edgar Award–nominated story “The Music Room.”

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong—if time-rusted—iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of ki…

Retro Review: Innocence by Dean Koontz

It's Koontz at his unwordiest best!

Innocence by Dean Koontz
Unabridged Audiobook11 hours and 9 minutes
He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

My Thoughts

I never quite know what I’m in for when I start a new novel by Dean Koontz. He’s written some books that I love to death and a few others that put me to sleep. He was also one of the first authors I read as a young teen so I always grab his new books hoping for the best but bracing for the worst. This time it worked out and it didn’t turn out to be another “Your Heart Belongs To Me” or “Velocity” with jerky protagonists w…

Got My Eye On In October

Please try ignore the font inconsistency on this post. Blogger does what it wants and I have no energy to mess with Blogger today.

I saw a post over at Mailbox Monday that was encouraging readers to share their best finds of the week via their Books That Caught Our Eye posts. I love, love, love that idea so this is my warped version of it.

Here are the books I've added to the very top my wishlist with credit to my enablers :) I haven't had nearly enough time and energy to do my daily blog rounds these past few weeks but I did manage to add a few more books to the wishlist.
Barb @ Booker T's Farm
The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker Every dog has its day…

And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be.

Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots ou…

Horror Review: Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke

I was given a review copy as part of the Confessions of A Reviewer tour. Thanks, Nev!

Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke
Horror Novella
Released September 2017
In the wake of his infant daughter's tragic death, Steve Brannigan is struggling to keep himself together. Estranged from his wife, who refuses to be inside the house where the unthinkable happened, and unable to work, he seeks solace in an endless parade of old sitcoms and a bottle of bourbon.

Until one night he hears a sound from his daughter's old room, a room now stripped bare of anything that identified it as hers...except for her security blanket, affectionately known as Blanky.

Blanky, old and frayed, with its antiquated patchwork of badly sewn rabbits with black button eyes, who appear to be staring at the viewer...

Blanky, purchased from a strange old man at an antique stall selling "BABY CLOSE" at a discount.

The presence of Blanky in his dead daughter's room heralds nothing short of an uns…