Thursday, August 23, 2018

Recovering Ivy - Press Release


Recovering Ivy
(Special Forces: Operation Apha & 
Red Team Book 4)
By Riley Edwards
Steamy Military Romance
289 pages
Publication Date: August 21st, 2018


We met in a bar.

The sex was phenomenal.

Then I walked away.

That’s where our story should’ve ended.

But he found me. Now he knows my real name, my secrets, and all the details of my sordid past.

I’m out for revenge and no one will stop me; not even the pragmatic Zane Lewis. If he thinks he can silence me with the promise of more mind-bending sex, he’s wrong.

Ivy Matthews is the most frustrating female I’ve ever known. I’ve broken terrorists faster than I can pull information from her sweet lips.

The only time she’s pliant is when she’s under me, or when my mouth is exploring her sexy curves, and then the most exquisite filthy words and breathy moans fill my ears.

If she thinks she can walk away from me, she’s wrong.

I’ve found the one–my perfect match–my equal.

Come hell or high-water Ivy is mine. 

“This is the first book I've read in the series and it does stand alone. However, I'd happily read the previous three books and any after this one…...This has my strong recommendation.” ~ Cheri 5 STARS

Other books in Series:

Nightstalker -

Protecting Olivia -

Redeeming Violet -

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Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley's favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. 

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Recovering Ivy by Riley Edwards

This story is part of the Special Forces: Operation Alpha series. It is also a Red Team crossover novel. The book contains a forward by Susan Stoker and explains that while this book is set in the Special Forces: Operation Alpha world and has some of the same characters, it is not a collaboration other than to consult on the pre-existing characters to ensure consistency. It also appears that Edwards has several books in this series, along with other authors. All of the books set in this world are listed in the back of the book. At the time of this review, I have not read any of the other books in this specific series by any author involved. I have read and reviewed other books by Riley Edwards, in addition to publishing press releases for some of her work. I am not paid for my posts. 

The story follows Zane and Ivy. Zane is a team leader for his group of mercenaries, Ivy is a woman struggling with personal issues. There is a trigger warning at the beginning of the book as the story involves topics that could be problematic for some readers. The story is well written and keeps a steady pace. The plot drew me in and I was unable to put the book down. I both liked and didn't like the character development. Ivy drew me in even though I found myself questioning the plausibility of some of her actions. Zane is a character who doesn't share much, which makes him feel flat at times, but at the same time, he's intriguing. Together they have good chemistry which translates well to the page when they are not too far into their own heads. 

This book appears to be the third one that Edwards has written for the series so some of my questions about the characters may have been addressed in the previous books. The overall story did not suffer from not reading the previous books. One thing that I did love about the book is how it dealt with the aftermath of the trauma. Zane's reaction was true to his character and so was Ivy's. It was both refreshing and frustrating to read. Thankfully there were other characters there to verbally slap them around about their own behavior. This set up a great exchange for discussing how the aftermath of trauma can affect people differently and how those actions can be misinterpreted. 

The series is intriguing and I look forward to reading more from this author. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Angry Dragon by Michael Gordon

The story features a boy and his pet dragon. It specifically addresses the topic of anger. George and his pet dragon, Joe, spend the day together and run into various real-life situations which may cause anger. The book is a great starting point for a discussion about how to deal with feelings of anger with young children.

The format is well done with words on one page and a beautifully drawn, colorful and relevant image on the other. The font is clear enough that a beginning reader would be able to pick out some words. The topic of anger is covered well without being over the top or silly. The suggestions for how to deal with anger are realistic and practical.

My one issue with the story is that it is written in a Dr. Suess style with an attempt to rhyme the sentences. I do not have an issue with the style per se, but the execution here has some flaws. There are 4 "stanzas" on each text page which are separated by a space. Each stanza ends with a period, even when the actual sentence continues into the next stanza.  There are also some issues with the cadence of the rhyming. The syllable counts range from 11 to 14 and some of the word choices make reading the story out loud awkward.

Overall I love the concept and direction of this book. I also love the illustrations. However, the flow of the stanzas needs to be more consistent so that the cadence isn't lost.