Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin




The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.

And then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…

Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Kristof is some kind of freak and he’s being attacked by wolves. She was god knows where with god knows who.

She could be killed out here and no one would know how to find her body.

Her gaze shifted to the cockpit door. They could kill her.

Flare gun.

She scrambled to the back of the plane and flung open the closet door. On the top shelf was the metal box Kristof had told her about. Grabbing it, she pulled the box down. The handle slipped in her sweaty palms and hit the floor with a crash. The contents spilled at her feet.

She spotted the flare gun immediately. Grabbing it, she ran back to her seat by the window and aimed the gun at the cockpit door.

While she waited for the pilots to come out, she continued to watch the fighting below. One of the wolves was down, leaving Kristof to fight the other two. She peered at the cockpit door. Still shut. Then back to Kristof. One of the others wolves was now limping badly.

Kristof snarled and grabbed the uninjured wolf by the neck and shook him. The wolf went limp and appeared to be more like a rag doll than anything else. Kristof stopped and opened his mouth. The wolf he held there fell to the ground in a lump. The only wolf left stood his ground. Both he and Kristof growled and circled each other until, finally, the injured wolf seemed to realize this was a losing fight and scampered off into the darkness.

Standing alone, Kristof let out a long howl at the night.

Trudy pressed her face to the glass and looked left to right, trying to see if she spotted any more of the other wolves.

Kristof ran off, to where she couldn’t see.

He’s leaving me.

The thought ripped through her mind. Then an instant later, another thought eased the first.

He’d never leave me. I belong to him.

She’d no time to pick apart the last thought because, on the next blink, Kristof—the wolf—was standing outside of her window—watching her.

She knew it was him and not some other wolf, she felt he was hers. Their eyes locked. A part of her wanted to shrink away under his stare, but the other…wanted to claim him.

The cockpit door creaked open and the pilot peered at her. Yelping she raised her gun and aimed. Screaming, he shut the door before she could fire off a shot.

“Come out here and I’ll kill you! Do you see what happened to your buddies?” Her hands shook as she aimed the gun.

She was going to die. There was a man-wolf killer outside and a pilot-kidnapper in here.

Another glance outside and Kristof stood, as a man, watching her. A naked man. A wonderfully naked man.

She shook her head.

Wolf-beast.

“Trudy. Open the hatch. I’m coming back up,” He yelled out to her.”

Was she supposed to let him back in? He hadn’t said that.

She chewed on her lower lip, waiting for an answer she couldn’t think of. If she opened the door would he attack her? Was he a rabid beast who couldn’t control himself?

She shook her head. “No. You said not to open the hatch.”

“I meant don’t open the hatch for them.”

“Since I know your secret are you going to kill me now?”

“Don’t be silly. It’s cold out here. Open the hatch.”

Should she let him back in?

“Are the pilots still alive?” he asked.

Her gaze shot back to the cockpit. “Yes. But not for long,” she yelled, loud enough for the pilots to hear.

“I’m naked and it’s about thirty degrees out here. Can you please let me in?”

“Wh-what about your super-human heating abilities? Aren’t you supposed to be so hot that’d you’d melt snow?”

He cocked his head to the side. “This is not a young adult story. I’m freezing my ass off.”

“If he kills me I’m going to be so pissed,” she mumbled to herself.

About the Author:A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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Book Review -- Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin


Dark Wolf EnterprisesDark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story takes us through the lives of Trudy, a mentally formidable but physically fragile human being, and Kristoff, a shifter, who needs to keep his constantly gnarling inner wolf at bay. Life forces their career paths to cross. While Trudy thinks of this opportunity as a great break for her career, little does she know the price she needs to pay to keep her sanity and safety in place, if she needs to continue on her assignment. Kristoff, although logically reasoning that he can't get attracted to Trudy, as he knows she wouldn't be able to cope up with the life of being a shifter's partner, cannot help falling for her innocence and vulnerability. Will the protective and fierce Kristoff and the unsuspecting Trudy manage to overcome all obstacles to find solace in each other, is what the book takes us through.

This novella was a smooth casual read - it had adventure, elements of thrill, sparks of romance, all embedded in a pacy plot. I would have loved to see more about the inner emotional conflicts within the minds of Trudy and Kristoff, which would help the reader connect more to them, than just on the page.

I recommend this to lovers of fast-paced multi-genre books.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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I, Kidney by Chris Six







Blurb:

Joe Zizzi's childhood in the 1950s had everything a kid could want--pro athlete dad, wonderful mom, cool big bro. When the '60s kick in, this ideal life is violently shaken: a car crash claims his mother's life and his father's career, and brother Matt becomes distant and disturbed. Over the years, Joe learns to cope and carves out a niche for himself as a college sports star, and later as a coach and writer, but he can't quite shake the family legacy. Diagnosed with kidney failure, the semi-pro husband and devoted dad has life-and-death decisions to make--and life wins, though perhaps only by a slim margin.




Excerpt:
Dr. Fabian—his first name, nobody uses his last name—referred Dad to Dr. Reilley, a nephrologist. Reilley’s got a brogue a mile wide and recognized Dad’s name from the Bruins.

First visit, he asked general health questions, kidney questions, and hockey questions, ending up by giving Dad an orange plastic urine collection jug in which to insert 24 hours’ worth, which has to be kept cold until next week’s visit. Imagine being confronted with this baby when you open the fridge for your juice.

Dad’s kidneys are functioning at thirty percent.

Next visit, Reilley reads the blood test results and gives Dad the list of the six foods to stop eating.
Bananas.

“What? I’ve eaten one every day since birth.”

Orange juice.

“What do I drink with breakfast?”

Potatoes.

“You’re not making this easy, doc.”

Avocados.

“Wait, I’m still working on the spuds. Okay, I’ll eat yams.”

That includes yams. Chocolate.

“Doc, you trying to kill me?”

And tomatoes.

“Doc, you know I’m Italian, right?”

And he told him to lay off fried foods. Dad said, “As a frequent fryer, I’m gonna find this difficult.”

Outside: “How do I manage? How do I survive? He’s got my five basic food groups.

What was the sixth thing?”

“Avocado.”

Dad patted me and chuckled. “Good thing you’re not the patient.”


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Chris Six is a writer, the chief everything officer of The Chris Six Group, and the recipient of somebody else's kidney: "I narrated the story onto tape before I ever wrote a word. I even brought my recorder to dialysis and upset the technicians. Nowadays, I'm in awe of indie authors doing hands-on marketing. I couldn't imagine doing this even five years ago."

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Book Review -- I, Kidney by Chris Six


I, KidneyI, Kidney by Chris Six
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


The cover of the book made me wonder about what to expect from the book. Although I understood that the Kidney references must be an abstraction of thoughts and idealogies, I was eager to find out what the book revolved around. The book takes us through the life of Joe, who had an absolutely enviable childhood. The book transports us back in time, into the 1950s. As the story ages along with Joe, we move on to the next decade when life flips 180 degrees for Joe. Losing his mother and seeing his father become an emotional wreck, Joe tries to take solace in the support of his older brother, Matt. But to Joe's dismay, Matt is deeply affected by the different happenings and moves away too. Now grown up and having learned to sustain life, Joe is a successful coach and writer. But when he learns of his ailing kidney, he goes through a phase of existential enlightenment, being forced to make tough and selfless decisions for his family.

I loved the pulse of the book - the theme of existential philosophy, cloaked with a fictional concept. One sees life through the eyes of Joe, but gets questions about one's own life as one empathises with Joe's dilemmas and turmoils. The characterisation, specifically of Joe's, was remarkable. It's hard to shake his voice off even after finishing the book. The one point I would have loved to see toned up would have been the pace of the book - it drags at many points and at the cost of developing the characters, there seems to have a battle with not being able to propel the story forward.

Nevertheless, it's a fantastic read and I recommend it to all book lovers.

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