Archive | September 24, 2013

Review- Sugarwater Ranch – Stephanie Berget

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Sean O’Connell’s life is perfect, or it was until his partying lifestyle affected his bull riding. Now he’s ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. When a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked, staring into the angry eyes of a strange woman. His infallible O’Connell charm gets him nowhere with the dark-haired beauty. It’s obvious she’s not his usual good-time girl, so why can’t he forget her?

Bar-manager Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy freezing to death in front of the Sugarwater Bar. She saves his life–then runs faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail. Any man who makes his living rodeoing is bad news, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. He’s everything she doesn’t want in a man, so why can’t she shake her attraction to the rugged cowboy?

Tamara’s Review
I will give Sugarwater Ranch a 3 1/2, the sad thing is, in my opinion it had the potential to be a 4/5. I loved the main characters, the Cat and her family, Junior and Uncle Ray were awesome. Sean was a hard character to like in the beginning, a real bad boy and not in a good way. He is a drunk and a reprobate who has alienated his family, but he grows on you as the story progresses.Junior was the highlight of Sugarwater Ranch for me, I just loved his simple sweetness.
What I didn’t like about Sugarwater Ranch was the over obvious “bad guy”. From the first page that he is introduced I knew he was trouble. It completely drew me out of the story. Cat says he makes her feel “creepy” and then befriends him. Why would she do that? I just felt the she and he uncle both acted out of character where Elmer was concerned and I knew what was going to happen long before I should have.
In all, if you can overlook the author’s heavy hand in this one sub-plot, the rest of Sugarwater Ranch was wonderful.
Stephanie did a great job of weaving Cat and Sean’s history into the plot, making the reader understand the “why” behind the choices they have made in their lives. I enjoyed watching Sean “grow up” and come into his own, finally realizing that he was his own worst enemy and turning his life around.
I will definitely keep Stephanie on my watch list to see what she can deliver in the future.

Kim’s Review
I love anything with cowboys in it. This was a sweet love story that showed how life comes full circle at times. Catherine and Sean had met when they were younger and ended up falling in love. It was full of twists and turns that I didn’t expect. I feel in love with Junior, who was a sweet, gentle soul that rounded out the story nicely. I am hoping that it is a series because it would be nice to get together with the characters again. Very pleasant read!
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Blog Tour ~ The Guardian Series by Wendy Owens

Wendy Sacred copy-1Sacred Bloodlines (Book 1)

by Wendy Owens

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Tragedy has defined Gabe’s short existence in this world. An ominous darkness lurked on the edge of his existence until one day in a subway, strange things start happening. A series of events lead Gabe into a new and fascinating life filled with angels and demons, but he isn’t sure if he wants to be a part of it.

Gabe is thrust into the middle of this exciting world that is full of things he has longed for in his life but it comes with a price. This new life also promises constant terrifying dangers that Gabe fears he may not be able to survive.

WendycursedCursed (Book 2)

by Wendy Owens

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Some people are born into love, some people are born into war, when Gabe discovered he was a Guardian Angel, his life was suddenly thrust into both. If this hidden war wasn’t enough to deal with, Gabe learns he is fated to be the great protector who will one day deliver the last prophet to either safety or death. All of these revelations didn’t matter for Gabe, he only cared that his new life included Sophie.

Sophie and Gabe grew closer over the summer. She is now a fixture in his life that keeps him moving forward. Evil doesn’t stop stalking him just because he found happiness. This time darkness finds it’s way into Rampart manor and Gabe will have to decide if he is willing to risk everything to try and stop it.

Wendy theprophecy-3The Prophecy (Book 3)

by Wendy Owens

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Five years have passed since Gabe abandoned Rampart, deserting his destiny and closest friends. The struggles Gabe has endured to stay alive have changed him, hardening him into a man unwilling to trust anyone or anything, dealing with difficulties connecting with the outside world.

Gabe has finally found a certain paradise–a peace in solitude–until a familiar stranger shows up on his doorstep, pleading for Gabe’s help.

Now he has to decide if he is truly content in his new life, or if he is willing to risk his solitary happiness for a little piece of the world he left behind.

Should he choose to accept the most important duty of his life, one failure could mark the beginning of the end for all mankind.

Wendy The Lost Years copyThe Lost Years (book 4)

by Wendy Owens

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Gabe’s world was forever altered by the people he came to know and love at Rampart Manor. Although, it wasn’t only his life that was changed when he made the choice to leave them all behind.

During his five year absence, they each had a battle with personal demons. Dina is faced with a moral dilemma, the path of good leading to certain heartbreak, or evil, and a possibility of happiness.

Uri meets a mysterious woman who seems to have a lot of the answers that he has been searching for, and she certainly has a place in his heart, if he can only hold onto her.

Sophie is faced with choices she never knew would be so difficult. The question now is: will the personal demons of the remaining Guardians of Rampart be too much for them to overcome?

Wendy guardian crown copyThe Guardians Crown

by Wendy Owens

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Gabe is finally forced to answer the ultimate question, will he give his life to save the world? What about just to save the one he loves the most? The Guardians struggle to find another way–ideas that don’t involve Gabe’s death–to defeat Baal. Time is running out. What will Gabe choose? What price will he pay for that choice?
 

 

 

WendyAbout Wendy Owens

Wendy Owens is a 34 year old author, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. For several years she created and sold her own artwork. In 2011 she gave her true love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time, as though it had been fighting to get out. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, will be concluded with the fifth and final book in 2013.

When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups, lovingly nicknamed stinks and chubbs. She also loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

For more info on Wendy’s young adult fiction visit http://wendy-owens.com/

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