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Reblogged from Chris' Fish Place:

We have yet another author telling reviewers to think carefully before they one star a book.  In fact, readers should be considerate and Christian and email a list of errors to the author instead.  Additionally, the old stupid thing about how dare you give Gatsby (in this case) a one star.

 

And pretty much every review this author had as an example was not a review from anyone that many readers would consider a real reader.

 

Look, since it needs saying again:

 

1. Unless an author pays a reader, it is NOT the reader's job to find all the errors.  It isn't.  If a reader wants to email an author about it, that's nice.  But that's the reader going out of her way.  

 

2. I have yet to met a reader or a reviewer who one stars for few typos.  We just don't.  We know that pretty much every book - independent or big publishing house - will most likely have at least one typo.

 

3. Readers should, in fact, read outside their favorite (or preferred) genre.  If someone only reads in one genre, they limited and stifling their intelligence.  There is not a ratio or anything, but you should be reading outside of your favorite genre.  It's how you learn.

 

4. In most cases, in particular on places like Booklikes and Goodreads, star ratings are usually a reflection of personal choice and entirely subjective.  I'm surely not the only reader who uses stars differently for classics than for a recent release.  A one star Hemingway means I don't like it, but guess what - I still think everyone should read Papa.

 

For the love of cats, of course.

 

5. Even someone who didn't like a book can, in fact, recommend it to someone else.  I hated Zombie Cinderella, but I recommended it to a friend who I knew would love it.  Then I had to rescinded the rec because a friend of the author decided to be a douche bag.

 

Reviews on places like Amazon, GR, Booklikes are not paid.  So think of what would happen if we like actually stopped talking about books.

 

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Unlucky in Love by A.J. Renee

Unlucky in Love - A.J. Renee

Lucky in Love.

That’s the name of the dating app I picked, hoping to find Mr. Better Than Average so I can hold off planning my future as a cat lady.

I’ve been distracted eyeballing a tall, dark, and handsome Latin hottie who works in the library with me. He is way out of my league, and a woman has needs if you know what I mean.

Finding a man shouldn’t be hard when all I have to do is swipe left or right. It’ll weed out the slimy men who have Bad Date written all over them.

Yeah, I’m learning quickly that I’m rather unlucky in love after all. The men I pick need warning labels, kissing lessons, and a good talking-to about manners.

Should I throw in the towel, or will this series of bad dates be exactly what I need to win Mr. Right?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/06/BLOG-TOUR-EXCERPT-GIVEAWAY---Unlucky-in-Love-by-AJ-Renee

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - In His Sights by L.A. Bryce

In His Sights - L.A. Bryce

Meet two men who need each other’s help but don’t realize it until it’s almost too late.


Noah is gay and terrified someone might find out. So much so that when he was blackmailed with pictures of himself with another man, instead of coming clean, he left his SEAL team without a word.


The other man is openly gay Mason, a former Marine and now part of the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task force. It takes eight years after their first meeting in the desert for a chance event bring the two men together again. Now Noah must decide if he’s ready to accept who he is or if it’s easier to cut and run. Can they navigate the obstacles in their path to build a relationship? And why does the thought of that scare them more than investigating a group of terrorists?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/06/REVIEW-TOUR-EXCERPT-GIVEAWAY---In-His-Sights-by-LA-Bryce

REVIEW BY MERISSA - For Fox Sake (Fetish Alley #1) by Susan Mac Nicol

For Fox Sake (Fetish Alley #1) - Susan Mac Nicol

Featuring a couple of characters from the Men of London series, For Fox Sake is the first book in the Fetish Alley series, which I am sure is going to provide me with lots of excellent reading.

Clay and Tate are happy together, and with their investigation business. When an old flame of Clay's calls him with details of a suspicious death that the police have ruled as natural, it opens up a whole new 'alley' for them.

The heat is high in this book - both in and out of the sheets. It was fantastic to hear references to the 'Unholy Trinity', and it made me want to reacquaint myself with them all over again. Clay and Tate are perfect for each other, even when they have issues. There is no lack of communication between them, which made this a delight to read.

There is mystery, wit aplenty, excellent characters, brilliant scene-setting - all wrapped up in Susan Mac Nicol's writing style. With no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed, this is a wonderful addition to Ms. Mac Nicol's repertoire, and definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/06/For-Fox-Sake-Fetish-Alley-1-by-Susan-Mac-Nicol

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Silver Hollow (Borderlands Saga #1) by Jennifer Silverwood

Silver Hollow (Borderlands Saga #1) - Jennifer Silverwood

“I shouldn’t have to tell you this isn’t a fairy story…”

 

After her parents’ car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.

 

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

 

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

 

**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/05/BLOG-TOUR-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---Silver-Hollow-Borderlands-Saga-1-by-Jennifer-Silverwood

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Problem (Single Dad Support Group #1) by Piper Scott

The Problem (Single Dad Support Group #1) - Piper Scott

The Problem is the first book in the Single Dad Support Group series, and we start of with Laurence and Alex. Laurence is a member of the group, dad to sixteen-year-old Matthew. Alex is friends with one of the members, but doesn't know much about it INCLUDING the members. Alex and Laurence meet at an exhibition showing Alex's work. Sparks fly, and colours light up Alex's world.

I loved this foray into an Omegaverse different from others I have read. There was no shifting, no wolves, just Alphas and Omegas. The explanation of Alex's synesthesia was done in a way that was helpful, without it seeming as just a piece of information! It formed part of the story, integral to Alex, and that was just perfect. His own realisation of what the colours meant was was of the best scenes for me.

This was hot and steamy, with a dash of Daddy kink; plenty of laughs; some heartbreak and confusion; and lots of hints about what and who will come in the next book. I can't wait. This was well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. I thoroughly enjoyed every word, and I will be reading more in this series!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/28/The-Problem-Single-Dad-Support-Group-1-by-Piper-Scott

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Secret Lady (Ladies in Time, #3) by Beth Trissel

Secret Lady (Ladies in Time, #3) - Beth Trissel

At Lavender House, Evie McIntyre is haunted by the whispers from her bedroom closet. Be-fore she can make sense of their murmurs, the house "warbles" between times and transports her to the Civil War. Past and present have blended, and Evie wishes she'd paid more attention to history. Especially since former Confederate officer, Jack Ramsey, could use a heads up.

 

Torn between opposing forces, Jack struggles to defend the valley and people he loves. Meet-ing Evie turns his already tumultuous world upside down. Will solving the mystery of the whispers return her home, and will the handsome scout be by her side?

 

Against the background of Sheridan's Burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Jack and Evie fight to save their friends and themselves – or is history carved in stone?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/05/REVIEW-TOUR-EXCERPT-GIVEAWAY---Secret-Lady-Ladies-in-Time-3-by-Beth-Trissel

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Hearts Abroad (The Atlas Series #1) by Skye McNeil

Hearts Abroad (The Atlas Series #1) - Skye McNeil

When a fun-loving American nanny turns a millionaire British single dad’s world upside down, it’s inevitable life is going to get complicated.

 

Taking a break from screenwriting in New York City, Londyn Bellerose takes a nannying job in Colorado to get away from the hubbub. A summer to live without regrets is all she wants. While her boss is British, gorgeous, and a millionaire, he has no clue how to have fun. Determined to mend the relationship between father and daughters, Londyn doesn’t expect to fall for the museum curator.

 

Londyn is American and everything Callum Archer swore to never fall for again. With her carefree spirit and energetic smile, she’s perfect to nanny Callum’s two daughters. The problem is she’s also perfect for him. She’s sassy, musical, and tends to speak her mind more than she means to.

 

When old history and new dreams threaten her happily ever after, will Londyn and Callum’s love survive?

 

Hearts Abroad is book one in Skye McNeil’s contemporary romance series, Atlas. Each book contains a millionaire to envy, snort-worthy comedy, and visits to many beautiful cities in the world. Yes, all of that, plus each novel ends with a fabulous HEA.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/04/REVIEW-TOUR-GIVEAWAY---Hearts-Abroad-by-Skye-McNeil

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Crimson Falls by D.J. Davis & T.R. Kerby

Crimson Falls - D.J. Davis, T.R. Kerby

Troyan Pryce had it all—a forensic pathology career, loving family, baby on the way—until a Mob kingpin bought her. Forced to use her special training and exceptional looks to rob men of their millions, she’s given up hope of ever having a life again, let alone finding romance. Until she meets her next mark, Assistant District Attorney Zachariah Taylor.

Detective Grace Griffin dedicated years to breaking a human trafficking ring. When her best friend, Zachariah, falls for a victim and is taken by the Mob, she must risk her life, badge, and heart to rescue him and the woman he loves. Can she save them, or will they all end up dead?

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/04/REVIEW-TOUR-EXCERPT-GIVEAWAY---Crimson-Falls-by-DJ-Davis-TR-Kerby

REVIEW BY PAULA - Blood Rebirth (Divine) by Stevie McCoy

Blood Rebirth (Divine) - Stevie McCoy, S.M. McCoy

A Blood War prophesy. A darkness growing inside her. Can she find the seven powers before the trial grounds are lost forever?

The Oracle’s powers need a new vessel and everyone wants the talisman that will give it to them instead of the prophesied successor. In a race against time, Crystal must train herself to survive the trial grounds deep within the Underrealm and find the seven powers to obtain the talisman before anyone else; or it won’t be just her soul at risk, but the whole supernatural realm as she knew it.

The war between good and evil rests in the hands of a novice all while she battles her inner demons confused between following her heart or her mind, saving herself or everyone else.

If you like hidden magical realms, fresh new takes on vampire lore, and heartfelt journeys of self-discovery, then you’ll love Stevie McCoy’s spellbinding coming-of-age tale.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/01/Blood-Rebirth-Divine-by-Stevie-McCoy

A Dream of Steam by James W. Barry

A Dream of Steam - James W. Barry

As the autumn shipping season draws to a close, Captain Thomas McGrath steps ashore to help his ambitious brother William rebuild the family sawmill. Despite Thomas’s aversion to debt, William convinces him to borrow heavily so they might convert their ailing, water-powered mill to steam. While adapting to the new technology, Thomas finds himself navigating between ax-wielding log pirates, hostile longshoremen, and his brother’s obsession with finding his estranged wife. 

The newly retooled mill is ramping up lumber production when the winds of fortune turn. Thomas has set sail again when a financial crisis hits, running the brothers afoul of John Fitzpatrick, a crooked bank officer employed by their lender. Fitzpatrick’s crimes push the McGrath Brothers Lumber Company to the edge of ruin, forcing Thomas to consider a high risk proposal if he wants to save their livelihood and get out of debt.

Set in 1890s Michigan, A Dream of Steam is a story of sailing ships and lumberjacks, hope and disappointment, love and heartbreak, peopled by men and women who take control of their destinies in an era of rapid change.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/01/A-Dream-of-Steam-by-James-W-Barry

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Rescued (Rescued Hearts #1) by Felice Stevens

Rescued (Rescued Hearts #1) - Felice Stevens

Rescued is the first book in the Rescued Hearts series, and we start off with Jason and Ryder. Jason has just finished with his long-term girlfriend, and Ryder has been alone for a long time, although he has his pitbull, Pearl, to keep him company. Ryder's life hasn't been that great, although he was born with the proverbial silver spoon. You find out just what a first class piece of work his mother is! Watching these two get together was superb. After Jason worked his own stuff out (which I do understand) I really didn't want Ryder to fall back in Jason's arms so quickly. Still, that's just one small point, and certainly did not affect my enjoyment of this story.

 

Exceedingly well written, with a sweet story, and hot and sexy intimate scenes, you really do get the best of both worlds with this book. I loved the characters, and the world-building, and would highly recommend this book.

 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and get the second book!

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/01/30/Rescued-Rescued-Hearts-1-by-Felice-Stevens

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Two for the Road by Alexa Milne

Two for the Road - Alexa Milne

Sometimes you need to listen to your heart, not your head.

 

As a teenager, Dylan Hargreaves fell in lust with a man who had been his father’s childhood friend. On his return from university, Dylan is surprised to discover Riley Ormerod has returned to their small Lancashire village. All Dylan needs to do now is find a way to bring them together.

 

Giving a lift to Dylan Hargreaves is the price Riley is willing to pay to recover his friendship with Dylan’s father. After living in London for twenty years, Riley returned home a year ago to escape heartbreak and take care of his dying father. Here, no one knows his secrets.

 

With Dylan determined to discover more about Riley, and Riley finding himself drawn to this intriguing young man, will they find what they need in each other? And if they do, will they be able to overcome Riley’s doubts and the attempts of others to tear them apart?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/01/29/Two-for-the-Road-by-Alexa-Milne

REVIEW BY HELEN - Capital Resolutions: Blessings, Balance, Courage, Control (The Capital Trilogy #3) by Dawn Wright

Capital Resolutions: Blessings, Balance, Courage, Control (The Capital Trilogy #3) - Dawn Wright

Picking up the pieces is something Summer Stevenson is becoming a pro at. Just when she thinks she can take a moment to breathe and digest her new reality, something is revealed, causing Summer to question what she thought was real.

The puzzle pieces have finally fallen into place for Brooke Brazile. To know Brooke is to witness her need for constant perfection and control. Unfortunately, she will learn that control is a false concept and will be knocked down a few pegs on the totem pole of humility.

It’s about time that Amber Hamilton looks inward for answers and not down the trousers of a man. Now that she’s in the shoes of someone living the good life, Amber begins to question the path she took that led her to the place at which she lies her head at night. 

After enduring a few sad and shaky months, Emily Gray has cleansed herself of negative energy and is ready to move on. She can’t believe that she’ll be getting the life that she’s always wanted. When she least expects it, her resilience will be put to the test. Emily will quickly realize her strength when timing rears its ugly head.

After the rough year they’ve endured, playtime is over for these ladies. See how it all ends when the ladies of DC are left to make choices that will reflect each of their maturity levels.‚Äč 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/01/29/Capital-Resolutions-Blessings-Balance-Courage-Control-The-Capital-Trilogy-3-by-Dawn-Wright

REVIEW BY ANGI - The Shield of Nike (War on the Gods Companion Story) by A.P. Mobley

The Shield of Nike: A War on the Gods Companion Story - A.P. Mobley

Valeria is in love with her best friend, Greg, and has been for years. But they can’t be together, because after they graduate high school they’ll be on opposite sides of the country. This seems to be Valeria’s greatest dilemma—until a freak storm ambushes the two on a hike a few miles outside their town. 

During the storm, Greg is injured, and a strange shield falls from the sky and knocks Valeria unconscious. When she wakes up, her whole world is turned upside down. Greg is missing, her town has been annihilated, deadly creatures roam, and the disembodied voice of a woman she knows nothing of talks to her from inside her own head. 

The woman says Greg has been taken, but that Valeria can save him and survive the perils awaiting her if she harnesses the “gifts” she was given at birth, and if she uses the shield that fell from the sky. But how can Valeria trust a woman she’s never met? 

She'll have to rely on herself and face horrors she could never have imagined to save her best friend. And, in the process, discover her true identity.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/01/28/The-Shield-of-Nike-War-on-the-Gods-Companion-Story-by-AP-Mobley

NBtM, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Enticing the Boss (Passion's Price #1) by Lily Bly

Enticing the Boss (Passion's Price #1) - Lily Bly

Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he's been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It's time to start enticing the boss.

David Shep is finally seeing his father's protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can't help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/01/28/NBtM-EXCERPT-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---Enticing-the-Boss-Passions-Price-1-by-Lily-Bly