Trashed (Eastside Brewery #2)

TRASHED                                                  MIA HOPKINS

My name is Eddie Rosas, but everyone calls me Trouble. Since I got out of prison six months ago, I’ve had one goal: find my father, whatever the cost. My older brother says I need to move on. He also wants me to leave our gang, East Side Hollenbeck, and go straight, but I can’t—not until I uncover the truth about our family and its missing piece.

One problem? I’m distracted. My distraction’s name is Carmen Centeno. Smart, passionate, and tough as hell, Carmen is a woman from the neighborhood who’s built her career as one of the city’s top chefs. She’s a master of creating pleasure both in and out of bed. But when our connection deepens, how can I show her I’m not the trash everyone says I am?

The pressure’s rising. Carmen deserves a man she can depend on. And when the ghosts of my past rise up, I’ll have to outsmart them—or lose my shot at a future with the only woman who believes in me.

PAT'S REVIEW


Beginning this second book in the series I knew I would not be disappointed when it opened with I have been home for 6 months from Delano. The rest of the book keeps the pace of Eddie Rosas who wants to be out of the gang but does not know-how. He is still trying to figure out what happened to their father. He would like what his brother has but he can’t even find a job. He does see a woman and for one night it is magic for him. Six months later he gets a job at an Italian restaurant and lo and beholds she is there calling out dishes she is the sous chef woman. Nights later when he talks to her he finds out that she is from the neighborhood and she saw him and his brother every day at the Panaderia, her family owned it. Carmen will change his life as well as him changing hers. Many nights later they are fired but she is okay with that. The story is about life in the hood, trying to get out of the gang, wanting to learn something else but thinking he can do anything but be a gang banger. Carmen makes him want to change, not by telling him because he wants to be better for her. The food that Carmen makes take me back to my wife’s grandmother’s house especially the capirotada ( bread pudding) it took years for my wife to get it to taste like her Nani’s. The words the uses the phases from in the hood and the ones from prison are all real, even the life in prison I won’t tell you how I know, but I do. This is what made the first story so good and this is what made this book good as well. Some of the characters from the first book are in this one. But the story of Eddie and Carmen is a very good story and very much worth the read. There is violence, and some sex, but that is life depending on where you live like I said real. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com

Moonshine and Magnolias (Just Add Peaches #1)

MOONSHINE AND MAGNOLIAS          ABIGAIL SHARPE

Hotel executive Wendy Marsh puts her career on hold when she inherits half of her family’s inn. Her to-do list? It’s simple: teach her spoiled cousin how to manage Fountenoy Hall, then hightail it back to her structured, careful life in Atlanta. Romance has never been part of Wendy's plan – so what is it about the sexy history professor researching the inn that she finds so tempting?

Rob Upshaw would be enjoying his time at the Inn at Fountenoy Hall if he wasn’t secretly hunting for a family treasure lost during Prohibition. Only a few minor inconveniences stand in his way. His uncle’s old journals are cryptic, he has only a vague description of the loot, and the beautiful, uptight innkeeper with a subtle sense of humor might hold the key to his quest. Even though Rob’s career is built on facts, he accepts he might have to lie to Wendy. But falling for her? That’s out of the question.

PAT'S REVIEW


A fun story that has Wendy Marsh taking time out of her career as a hotel executive to come home to the place she was raised and teach her cousin the ins and outs of the business. Inheriting the family business along with her cousin. Fountenoy Hall has been in the family for generations. Now their grandmother who passed has given it to the younger generation. Not really wanting to be there, she is thrown into the mix from the start with a function going on and also having two guests arrive that she was not expecting. Rob Upshaw or Doctor Upshaw a Doctor of history. With his brother have in search of the long lost treasure of their family which is supposed to have been left here when he was a revenuer during the prohibition era. With Rob and his brother searching old records saying they are researching for a client, Wendy does not mind helping. After a time the two of them have grown to like each other but still no treasure. Also, Wendy needs to make a decision about staying or going back to her old job. Her friends from College come in to be with her and the cousin for they knew the grandmother and this adds to the characters of the story. All falls apart though when after Rob tells Wendy he is in love with her and then it comes to light the real reason he is there. Leaving it is weeks later at home that he discovers where the treasure is. Will Wendy at least talk to him? Read this wonderful story to find out. Yes, there is also moonshine. I liked all of the characters really added to the story. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

Flash Point (Holding Out for A Hero #3)

FLASH POINT                                           SHELLI STEVENS

Kate has always been everybody’s friend and the de-facto little sister to the Wyatt brothers. But her feelings for Todd Wyatt, the town’s hottest firefighter, never skirted the sibling zone. Not that he’s ever noticed. 

After years of nursing her crush, Kate decides to take action, hoping to hide her one awkward secret—she’s a virgin. Can she seduce Todd and keep her inexperience a secret? 

In Todd’s mind, Kate’s always been the sweet girl he teases and hits up for free cupcakes. Until one surprise kiss over the summer jumps her from the platonic side of his brain to the want-her-in-my-bed side. The last thing he wants is to lose her friendship, but his resistance to her determined seduction is slipping. Fast. 

When her bakery is vandalized and the attacks escalate, it becomes clear that for all Kate’s friends, she’s made at least one serious enemy. Can Todd and Kate solve the mystery before things turn deadly?

PAT'S REVIEW


Kate the owner of the bakery in the third book of the series, has always had a thing for Todd Wyatt the younger brother and firefighter. She does not think she has a chance because one she is still a virgin and two he is not looking at settling down. She is wanting a guy who is at least wanting that in the future. Now though she is having unexplained happenings at her bakery. A break-in, her front windows broken and other things. Todd helps but that is it. When Halloween rolls around with the help of her friend she is red riding hood, and she does get taken by the big bad wolf. Kate likes it but Todd is the one that freaked out. When he starts to ignore her she decides to go out with safe calm Walt. That actually gets the smoke alarm going with Todd but will he put out the fire or will he be left standing. This is a very good story with a twist at the end with who is vandalizing her store. See what happens between the two of them. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com




Command and Control (Holding Out for A Hero #2)

COMMAND AND CONTROL                  SHELLI STEVENS

Megan Asher may have a thriving legal career, looks and self-confidence to spare, but they mean little without the love of her life. Trevor’s returned from Afghanistan a haunted man, emotionally distant and unwilling to connect—except in bed. Then even that fragile thread snaps. Brokenhearted, she is forced to call off their wedding and, after a few months’ separation, try to move on. 

With every aspect of his life spinning out of his once-legendary control, Trevor Wyatt convinces himself that Megan is better off—and safer—as far from him as possible...until he comes home for his brother’s wedding to discover Megan is dating. Realizing what he’s thrown away, Trevor vows to breach the fortress Megan's built around her heart. They clash in a cataclysm of rekindled passion that unleashes the very demons he’s sought to leash. 

Shaken but determined, Megan takes the ultimate risk and slips past Trevor’s defenses to hand him control in the one place she can—the bedroom. She prays her seduction will be the first step to heal her hero and their love.

PAT'S REVIEW


Apparently, this book is a reissue, but it was an interesting story and a fast read. Meagan is a lawyer in a coastal town and was engaged to Trevor but when he came back from his last deployment from Afghanistan he was broken and told her he was not right for her. Walking has hurt her and now months later after he heard she is dating and he is back in town for his brother’s wedding. He is playing with her mind by telling her that he is the only one she will ever love but when she agrees he walks again. He keeps walking away from her telling her he is no good for her but does not want anyone else to be with her as well. This is not a second chance book it is more like four or five. When she finally takes him to a cabin for the weekend and gives him an ultimatum. With that, he must talk to her about what happened. This is also where the erotica part comes in but it is not over the top. As much as I really wanted to like this book, I think though only 3 stars. I just didn’t care for the back and forth. I did like all of the characters around them. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 3 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

A Rainbow Above Us (Blessings, Georgia #8)

A RAINBOW ABOVE US                          SHARON SALA

Hurricane Fanny left no one in Blessings, Georgia unscathed--including Rowan Harper, the only surviving member of her family. Rebuilding her life now seems almost impossible.

Bowie James comes back to help repair his grandmother's house, but he doesn't intend to stay long. He and his mother were forced out of Blessings a decade ago, and he's neither forgiven nor forgotten those responsible.

But Rowan is kindhearted, beautiful, and lost, and Bowie discovers that he can entrust her with his deepest secrets. If only their love could bring hope and healing to everyone around them, maybe they'd be willing to give it a chance...
 

PAT'S REVIEW

This is a very powerful book. Bowie James comes back to Blessings to fix his grandmother’s and Aunt home. Now after being run out of town along with his mother who has since committed suicide. She was raped many years ago and the men who said it did not happen can no longer deny the fact because Bowie James looks like the man who committed that horrible crime. The male family still in town for some reason are still mad at him and want to fight him until they end up in jail. Later the grandmother kicks out the grandfather and slowly what was a family feud with the James family has torn that family apart because of hatred. The other part of the story has Rowan Harper who was displaced because of the hurricane and ended up with the grandmother and the Aunt. You find out that she lost her father but also that her father had been saying that she was not pretty and running off boys for years. Now the healing is starting with her and Bowie. This is a very good and powerful story of who hatred can and will destroy more than just one person. How when you find the right person sometimes the rainbow will appear. Read this wonderful story about life, a very good book with really good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto

MASTERING PASTA                                MARC VETRI

Award-winning chef Marc Vetri wanted to write his first book about pasta. Instead, he wrote two other acclaimed cookbooks and continued researching pasta for ten more years. Now, the respected master of Italian cuisine finally shares his vast knowledge of pasta, gnocchi, and risotto in this inspiring, informative primer featuring expert tips and techniques, and more than 100 recipes.

Vetri’s personal stories of travel and culinary discovery in Italy appear alongside his easy-to-follow, detailed explanations of how to make and enjoy fresh handmade pasta. Whether you’re a home cook or a professional, you’ll learn how to make more than thirty different types of pasta dough, from versatile egg yolk dough, to extruded semolina dough, to a variety of flavored pastas—and form them into shapes both familiar and unique. In dishes ranging from classic to innovative, Vetri shares his coveted recipes for stuffed pastas, baked pastas, and pasta sauces. He also shows you how to make light-as-air gnocchi and the perfect dish of risotto.

Loaded with useful information, including the best way to cook and sauce pasta, suggestions for substituting pasta shapes, and advance preparation and storage notes, Mastering Pasta offers you all of the wisdom of a pro. For cooks who want to take their knowledge to the next level, Vetri delves deep into the science of various types of flour to explain pasta’s uniquely satisfying texture and how to craft the very best pasta by hand or with a machine. Mastering Pasta is the definitive work on the subject and the only book you will ever need to serve outstanding pasta dishes in your own kitchen.
 

PAT'S REVIEW


A cookbook that is really about making pasta. That in itself is difficult at least for me the first time I made it with my father when I was young. He taught me and for me, the simplest was made for ravioli. We had the dining room table covered and he was giving me a lesson when I was all 12 years old. I will say that homemade pasta does taste better it just takes time. If you have a pasta machine or an attachment for a kitchen aid it will make some of the work easier. This book has good recipes, wonderful pictures, and some stories. So overall a very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

Hired (Happy Endings #2)

HIRED                                                        ZOEY CASTILE

Faith Abigail Charles has always done the right thing. So when her mother runs for mayor of New Orleans, Faith puts her law career on hold to help her win. But when tensions run high, Faith trades one kind of heat for another—in the arms of a hard-bodied stranger. He’s everything a woman dreams of in a lover. So much so that her one-night stand turns into two, then three, then four . . .
 
For Aiden Rios, meeting smart, sexy Faith feels like fate. After being ditched by his client in the Big Easy, the high-paid male escort needs a little company himself. Aiden knows he’ll have to come clean about his line of work, and he plans to—right after another taste of Faith’s sweetness—and another and another. . . . Until a chance meeting with his client leaves Aiden exposed—and Faith shocked and hurt. Now the hired hottie must show Faith that the love they share is bigger than the scandal threatening to destroy them...

PAT'S REVIEW



Sadly this book was nothing like the first one. Aiden is in New Orleans for a client but is not happy and is mopping when Faith and he are introduced. She is having problems with her mother who is running for mayor and really feels that her mother’s assistant should be the daughter instead of her. Meeting Aiden brightens her night but that is it once they get to the room he does nothing because he feels an obligation to the client. So you now can chalk this up to the list of disappointments to both of their lists. What should have been a fun book like the first was not at least for me and I am sad for I liked the first one so very much. Maybe it is me and others will enjoy this read. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 3 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com

Trashed (Eastside Brewery #2)

TRASHED                                                   MIA HOPKINS My name is Eddie Rosas, but everyone calls me Trouble. Since I got...