New Release: Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder (ARC Review + Buy Links)

deepintotrouble_bookreview_banner

Deep Into Trouble

Dawn Ryder

Unbroken Heroes #3

304 Pages

St Martin’s Paperbacks

March 7th 2017

deep-into-trouble-cover

header_summary

Desire is more dangerous than anything… 

Saxon Hale lives for the hunt–taking down the bad guys, stopping them dead in their tracks. His latest mission has him in New Orleans, where people go for the party that never ends. But fun is the last thing on Saxon’s mind now that he’s a breath away from closing in on a vicious overlord known only as the Raven. Until an innocent young woman unknowingly enters the very deadly game…

Ginger Boyce is a librarian who’s growing tired of being so buttoned-up on the job, and when she attends a conference in the Big Easy, she decides to taste the wild side of life. But when her dance with darkness becomes lethal, she’s in dire need of protection–and ends up in the embrace of a man who radiates danger and desire. Soon Saxon finds himself Ginger’s shield against an enemy whose power they haven’t yet begun to face. But will he be able to keep his mind on his mission while the very woman under his care drives him beyond distraction?

Add to Goodreads | Goodreads Series Page

Buy Links

amazonbutton bnbutton kobobutton

Continue reading “New Release: Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder (ARC Review + Buy Links)”

Blog Tour: Call to Honor by Tawny Weber (Review)

Known for her distinctive ability to blend emotion, humor and suspense in tight gripping stories featuring irresistible alpha SEAL heroes, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Tawny Weber returns with her brand-new novel, CALL TO HONOR, the first book of three in her SEAL Brotherhood series.

calltohonor_eventbadge

Call to Honor

Tawny Weber

SEAL Brotherhood #1

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 9780373799282

9780373799282_prd

Book Summary

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team’s finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego’s honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger’s path.

Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads

Available:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Call to Honor by Tawny Weber (Review)”

Review: The Protector by Donna Grant

The Protector

Donna Grant

Sons of Texas #2

304 Pages

Romance | Romantic Suspense | Military Romance

St. Martin’s Paperbacks | St. Martin’s Press

Publication: January 3rd 2017

 

the-protector-cover

Book Summary

EVERYTHING’S HOTTER IN TEXAS

When Marine Force Recon captain Cullen Loughman learns that his father’s been kidnapped, he will do whatever it takes to find him. In order to achieve his mission, Cullen will need to team up with the best of the best—someone who just happens to be the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on…

This isn’t the first rodeo for ex—Air Force pilot Mia Carter. Still, Cullen’s bad-boy good looks and charm are distracting her from duty. . .and it appears that the feeling is mutual. As Mia and Cullen make their descent into a dark, dangerous world, their attraction reaches the boiling point. But is their desire worth the risk when a ruthless enemy is waiting in the wings—or will their Lone Star love conquer all?

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Books-A-Million | iBooks | IndieBound | Powells | Tantor Audio

Continue reading “Review: The Protector by Donna Grant”

Blog Tour: Absolute Trust by Piper J. Drake (Review + Giveaway + Excerpt)

She wasn’t just a childhood friend; she was his reason for breathing.

Out Dec 20th – Absolute Trust, the third book in the romantic suspense series, True Heroes, by Piper J Drake.

at_badge

 Absolute Trust

Piper J Drake

True Heroes #3

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing – Forever
Format: Digital and Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9781455536085

Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the dogs who always have their backs. ABSOLUTE TRUST is the third book in a high-adrenaline romantic suspense series from Piper J. Drake.

drake_absolutetrust_mm

LOVE IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALL

After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military working dogs like Haydn, a German Shepherd Dog who’s seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can’t have. But Forte’s success means he’s made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .

When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she’s constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she’ll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both.

Get More information at:

Goodreads  | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Books-A-Million | Google Play | Indiebound

absolute-trust-quote-graphic-1

Praise for Absolute Trust

“With an action-filled plot riddled with suspense and tension, Drake’s latest in her True Heroes series is the best one yet.  Steady pacing, engaging storytelling and genuine, vulnerable characters (coupled with the endearing heroic dogs that protect and love them) make this romance shine.” ~ RT Book Reviews

absolute-trust-quote-graphic-2

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Absolute Trust by Piper J. Drake (Review + Giveaway + Excerpt)”

Review: His to Protect by Karen Rock

His to Protect

Karen Rock

Miniseries: Uniformly Hot

224 Pages

Published September 20th 2016

Harlequin Blaze

his-to-protect-cover

Book Summary

Subject: Lt. Commander Mark Sampson 

Mission: Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction! 

There are things a man can never undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a night.

Cassie Rowe needed a distraction—and, boy, did she get one! How was she to know the brooding stranger who rocked her world was the pilot who’d left her brother to die? And now they’re on the same mission. She should hate him. But she can’t fight the storm of desire threatening to pull them under…

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Continue reading “Review: His to Protect by Karen Rock”

Review: Kill Shot by Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp #2)

Kill Shot

Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp #2

385 Pages

Emily Bestler Books | Atria Books | Simon & Schuster

Published February 7th 2012

kill-shot-cover

Book Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice—deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Continue reading “Review: Kill Shot by Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp #2)”

Blog Tour: The Hero by Donna Grand (Review + Excerpt)

the-hero-blogger-banner-851x315

THE HERO

Donna Grant

Sons of Texas #1

320 Pages

Releasing December 6th 2016

St Martin’s Paperbacks

the-hero-cover-image

Book Summary

THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. . . .

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RJjfJS

Kindle: http://amzn.to/25dv8jI

BN: http://bit.ly/1WiqBWU

Nook: http://bit.ly/1YIv2cC

BAM: http://bit.ly/1Tjsx1V

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/1TuprXe

iBooks: http://apple.co/1WGpiSy

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1WGjJUX

Tantor Audio: http://bit.ly/2cIuTar

Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Hero by Donna Grand (Review + Excerpt)”

American Assassin by Vince Flynn (Book Review + Movie News)

Hey guys.

I just wanted to take a few moments to talk about American Assassin. You can read my review of the book below, but I wanted to give you a little background on what led me to want to read this book. Because it might seem like it’s out of my normal reading range to you, but in truth, it’s really not.

You see, I have always loved military, political, and spy thrillers. I first found them when I was getting my bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and continued reading them all through college. Somewhere along the way though, I wound up reading a host of other genres, so much so that this particular genre fell a bit by the wayside for me. Until a few weeks ago, that is. When I heard they were making American Assassin into a movie and that it would star Dylan O’Brien (Deepwater Horizon, The Maze Runner, Stiles on Teen Wolf) as Mitch Rapp and Michael Keaton as  Stan Hurley, the man who trains Rapp. From there, a quick search lead me to discover that, though this book was written well after the series started, it is actually the first book in the series, the book that gives the background on Mitch Rapp and his training as an assassin. The summary of the book caught my eye pretty quick and before I knew it, I’d bought the trade paperback on Amazon. And I am very glad I did, too. Because I loved the book and I absolutely cannot wait to see the movie, which actually just started filming (or maybe just pre-production?) this month.

I will no doubt be posting more about this series as I work my way through the rest of the books (and possibly the movie as more comes out about it’s filming). If you’ve read this series, or you decide to read it now, please come back and comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, and what you think about the casting choices. I could totally see Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp after reading this book. I honestly can’t wait to see the intensity he’ll no doubt bring to the role.

Here’s some first look photos of Dylan as Mitch Rapp for those interested in reading more about the movie. You can find more details about the book (along with my review) and the rest of the series below-including how to pre-order the newest release in the series, book fifteen, Order To Kill.

American Assassin

Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp #1

Pocket Books
Trade Paperback
435 Pages
Published: August 30th 2013

(First Published: October 12th 2010 by Atria Books)

Source: Amazon Purchase

american-assassin-cover

Book Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with yet another explosive thriller, introducing the young Mitch Rapp, as he takes on his first assignment.

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command—men who do not exist.

What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.

Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn’t know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.

As action-packed, fast-paced, and brutally realistic as it gets, Flynn’s latest page-turner shows readers how it all began. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American Assassin.

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

GooglePlay | Audible

Continue reading “American Assassin by Vince Flynn (Book Review + Movie News)”

Blog Tour: Here and Now by Cheryl Etchison (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Avon Impulse - Here And Now by Cheryl Etchison

Here and Now

American Valor #2

Cheryl Etchison
Avon Impulse
July 26th 2016

HereandNow

About HERE AND NOW

The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn’t prepared them for falling in love.

Former Ranger Medic Lucky James feels right at home working long night shifts in the ER, but less so during the day, when his college classes are filled with flirtatious co-eds. When his 19-year-old chem lab partner shows up at his work with dinner for “her Lucky,” he quickly enlists the help of Rachel Dellinger, a nurse and fellow third shift vampire.

Rachel is a people pleaser at heart, but she’s finally decided enough is enough when it comes to her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When Lucky begs Rachel to help him ward off the advances of his teenager pursuer, she blackmails him into helping move her things out of the apartment she shared with her ex into a place all her own.

From there a friendship is born between two people just trying to make it through the night. Neither are living in the past or planning for the future. Until one day changes everything.

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Avon Romance | Amazon  |  B & N  | iTunes  | GooglePlay

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Here and Now by Cheryl Etchison (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)”

Blog Tour: Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

ULTIMATE COURAGE Banner

Ultimate Courage

True Heroes #2

Piper J. Drake

On Sale: July 26, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Formats: Mass Market & eBook

Price: $6.99 USD (MM) / $5.99 USD (eBook)

Drake_Ultimate Courage_MM

Book Summary

LOVE IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY

Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope’s Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.

Elisa’s past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she’s never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | iBooks

 IndieBound | Google Play | Kobo

Ultimate-Courage-Quote-Graphic-1

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)”

Release Day Blitz: Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Review)

FAST CONNECTION

 Cyberlove #2

Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Release day: July 11, 2016

FastConnection-f

Book Summary

After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic ‘Nicky’ Costigan—the skirt-chasing player. They don’t know I’ve been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it’s for one-night only. That’s fine with me, because I’m down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn’t take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He’s got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he’s as addicted to me as I am to him. He can’t resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke’s rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

Add to Goodreads

Buy Links

Amazon  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks  |  All Romance Ebooks

FCteaser1

Continue reading “Release Day Blitz: Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Review)”

Release Blast: Saved by the SEAL by Diana Gardin (Promo + Excerpt)

RB-SavedBytheSeal-DGardin_FINAL.jpg

Saved By The SEAL
Battle Scars #2

By: Diana Gardin

Releasing March 8, 2016
Forever Yours

Book Summary

Gardin_SavedbytheSeal_ebook.JPG

He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .

When he sees a woman drowning, Grisham Abbot immediately leaps into action. The Navy SEAL forgets his training, his past, and the explosion that forever scarred his body and his mind. He can only remember what he was born to do. But saving Greta Owen is a complication Grisham is definitely not ready for. She’s stunning and gorgeous—like sunlight after months of darkness. Yep, Grisham is so, so screwed.

Greta knows that the smart thing to do would be to run from Grisham. He’s a wounded warrior, and his head is a big-time mess. The problem is that Greta wants to make him her mess. One kiss and she’s completely in over her head. And if this SEAL risked himself to save her, then she must find a way to bring him back to life . . .

Add to Goodreads  |  Goodreads Series Link

Buy: Amazon | B & N | Google | iTunes | Kobo  

Continue reading “Release Blast: Saved by the SEAL by Diana Gardin (Promo + Excerpt)”

Release Blast: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (Review + Giveaway)

Strong Signal

Cyberlove #1

Author: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Genre: MM RomanceRomance | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Pages: 212
Characters: Garrett Reid & Kai Bannon
Release Date: February 15th, 2016
Find It At: Goodreads | Goodreads Series Page
Buy It Now: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

StrongSignal-f

Book Summary

I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.

That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.

I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.

But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.

Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.

*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*

StrongSignal-promo2

Continue reading “Release Blast: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (Review + Giveaway)”

Book Talk Saturday: Four Books That Made Me Think and Cry

booktalksaturday_header

Hey there, fair readers! Happy Saturday!

If you already don’t know, I’m Deanna Lynn and I own Okie Dreams Book Reviews. I’m also, at current, the lead and sole reviewer for the blog. But I’m hoping in the next few months to bring in a few additional reviewers so that whole sole reviewer thing will hopefully change in the coming months. Anyway…

Since we’ve been going pretty strong with a lot of reviews, blog tours, reveals, and promo spots this past year, I thought I’d start trying out a few new book discussion features on the blog. I’ve got a list of a few things I want to try over the next month or so, but I’m also open to suggestions from those of you who visit and want to see more. So, if you have something you’d like to see me start featuring on the blog here, feel free to email me and tell me your thoughts and ideas on it. For now though, I thought I would start with a Book Talk, where I discuss a few books that truly, deeply, emotionally affected me as I read them, in one way or another.

Each one of the books below took me on an incredible emotional journey, a few of which I’ve yet to recover from because I keep thinking about the book at random times. Which is how I know just how amazing I actually find these reads.

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Continue reading “Book Talk Saturday: Four Books That Made Me Think and Cry”

Blog Tour: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros (Excerpt, Giveaway, Teasers, Review, Buy Links)

New Military Romance!  

Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is

Now Available!

HALLOWED GROUND IT'S LIVE.jpg

Hallowed Ground

Flight & Glory #4

Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Pages: 410
Characters: Ember Howard & Josh Walker
Release Date: January 25th 2016
Find it at: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy it at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

HALLOWED GROUND BOOK TOURhallowed ground cover

Summary

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he’s craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.

hallowed ground teaser

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros (Excerpt, Giveaway, Teasers, Review, Buy Links)”