Posted:  March 3, 2015

Burn Baby, Burn BabySeventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago.

Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars.

If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions.

Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted.

Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.

     How do you survive the worst moment of your life and still live?  Francis Fripp has been trying to figure that out.  So far all he has seemed to have managed is the surviving part with the help of his best friend Trig.  You see Trig has been there from the beginning back before Francis’ dad committed the worst of his crimes against his own son by burning his whole right side of his body.
     The ultimate in meanest parents to the point where he has all these scars and has no right ear to speak of.  His father went away to prison but only served 6 years for this terrible act.  France (nickname) hasn’t even finished high school and his is out but there is a restraining order against being around him or his mom.
     Francis can never forget though.  As much as Trig tries to protect him there are still bullies like Brandon Hayley who don’t use his name but call him “Burn Baby!”  He does things like shoving him in his own locker and banging his head against the back of it.  Since he is a football star most teachers are either afraid of him or don’t want to rock the football team.  One day in math Brandon takes his teasing way too far and the new girl stands up and makes a stand.
     Rachel Higgins being new doesn’t understand the way things are that just because she was able to stop Brandon this time doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be gunning for Francis extra hard to get revenge not that a girl up ended his attempt to embarrass and be mean to him.  So, after class he was waiting for his beat down from Brandon, instead he was faced with an “in your face” greeting from Rachel wanting to be his friend.
     Although she’s cute he’s very leery of her due to past experiences.  So, now he is waiting for the punch line that he is being “Punked” or for Brandon to pop out from somewhere. Not the case as he sees it now.  She’s a pushy little spitfire that invites herself to his house.  It happens…She kisses him!  Just that fast. 
     You will have to read to see what goes on from here.  I just love the interaction between Francis and his twin brothers, “Paul Simon” Now his mom gets mad that he refers to them as one name but he loves messing with her.  Really though one is Paul the other is Simon.  Those boys steal this story in the cutest department especially Simon.  This being a funny at times kind of youthful book yet at the same time it was ungodly painful to read at certain parts.  Yet, so real and terribly truthful.  This is so worth the read for teens and parents alike.  I would recommend for 13+ as a parent.  It is something that will have to be discussed with your teens for sure.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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Posted:  March 3, 2015

The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl WoodsFor the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah—with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives—is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after. 

It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have everything she ever wanted, including a home in her beloved Chesapeake Shores and a man who understands all of her dreams.

     I have always enjoyed this series a lot.  I have to say this book not so much.  Caitlyn Winters the grand-daughter to Mick O’Brien the primo meddler from Chesapeake Shores.  She is not just stubborn like her grandfather she is just plain spoiled and a whiner.  It’s all about her the whole book.  I could see if she would have had a terrible life but it was just the opposite.  She had a huge family that loved her and a mom and wonderful step dad that spoiled her and her sister to death.
     I was at the 70% mark and she was just now accepting she was really pregnant.  Only after “Baby Daddy”, Noah McLlroy, forced her hand and made her keep the third appointment made.  Especially since her doctor said she cancelled her first two.  But she doesn't want the baby to be real because she needs to finish med school on her precious schedule.  She wants everyone to bend to her needs especially Noah but not her to his.  But Noah deals with it in the best way ever.
     She wants Noah to reveal his plans for his very near future yet for someone who has a list for every single minute of her life can’t make a decision.  Which brings me to my biggest peeve of this situation is that her she is going to be a doctor and she is doing it in record time but she leaves the birth control totally up to the Baby Daddy.  Really?  Isn’t that doctoring 101?  Then she is mad at the world. 
     Everyone seems to walk on egg shells around the prima donna.  She needs to get her but in gear and buck it up.  I loved Noah but the man had the patience of Job.  He knew when to move forward and when to back off.  Too bad love makes you blind because the perfect woman for him would have been Carrie her twin sister the one who wants to be a wife and a mother, who knows there’s more to life than chasing a career.  Tell you what if it wasn’t for everyone else in this story beside Caitlyn I would have ditched this book a long time before the end.  Basically for me at 82% when Connor mentions to Noah that most of the men in the O’Brien family have had to gravel and maybe he should in order to get Caitlyn to see things his way.  I wanted to throw my phone.  No Really!!!
     But, in the end Ms. Woods was able to turn it around so that you get your HEA.  I give this book 3 ½ Stars for the Anti-Climatic ending for me.  Provided by Net Galley.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com


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Blood on the Water 


Picking up immediately after the conclusion of Burton's exciting novel Blood Justice, Blood on the Water opens as Justine, vampire Simone Gireaux and their mortal friend Teresa Diaz bring long-delayed vengeance to the man who murdered Justine's own mother more than twenty years earlier. Now they have one more mystery to solve: the whereabouts of Teresa's abducted daughter, Antonia. Their Nemesis in Blood Justice, Stephan Sinakov, had told them that Antonia was "sold"—but to whom, and for what purpose, they can only speculate.

Confident that Antonia isn't dead, the three women seek help from old contacts of Simone's in Massachusetts. They are plunged into a world of magic and sorcery, where powerful witches struggle for control of an underground network. This battle involves plenty of fighting with mundane weapons and high-tech gadgetry as well as spells and psychic power. Helping Teresa, Justine and Simone in their quest proves to have a very high cost for their friends. But in the course of their adventures, Teresa learns that she herself is heir to a gift of magic power she had never before suspected. As the three follow clues that take them down the Eastern seaboard, Teresa struggles to learn how to control and use her abilities in a trial by fire.

Ultimately, Antonia is traced to a yacht owned by a mysterious and unimaginably wealthy vampire. Meanwhile, both allies and old foes from Blood Justice are pursuing the three women from California. But the truth about Antonia's abduction may shatter Teresa's determination to reclaim her daughter.

David Burton’s Bio:

 He is an American writer living with his wife in sunny Southern California. After traveling by motorcycle through Mexico, US, Canada and Alaska; building and sailing his own boats to Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and through the Panama Canal to Florida, he turned to writing. He mops floors and collects trash for money, writes for a living, and is an unrequited sailor. His other books and stories can be found at - dcburtonwriting.wordpress.com

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New Novel - Blood on the Water
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This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes -- all told with humor add the insight that comes from first-hand experience.

Jimmy Olsen Bio

 Jimmy Olsen has authored three published books – Things In Ditches (2000) & Poison Makers (2011). His most recent, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (2012) is a paperback original. Things In Ditches was selected as Book-of-the-Month in August, 2001 by The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles. Poison Makers received a Starred Review in “Library Journal” and won the ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Silver Award for 2011. The Hero of Blind Pig Island was a finalist for the same ForeWord Review award, 2012.
   Jimmy Olsen and his wife Camille live in St. Cloud, Minnesota. They have three children and eight grandchildren. His novel Scuba is scheduled for release in 2016.*

*More information is available at www.jimmyolsen.net

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