Review of If Jack Had.

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The first thing that I want to say about this book is how well written it is.  The author writes beautifully which makes this a really good read.

The story is about Jack, a New York Times journalist by day, and a contract killer by night.  The story begins with Jack preparing to make his final kill, himself.  He is old, incontinent, his wife is dead and he feels he has no reason to carry on living.  The book takes us on a journey through Jack’s life, some of which makes pretty horrific reading.  Jack didn’t have the best childhood, he was neglected by both of his parents, although his father does make a little effort when he wants to.  If it weren’t for his step-mother Jack would not have known what is felt like to be loved as a child.

The story is pretty confusing in parts because the timeline jumps around an awful lot.  I did think that this was a deliberate act by the author as Jack has dementia and his thinking would be all over the place.  For that reason the muddled up time line does work and does make sense, it just means the reader has to concentrate on the story a lot more.

I did find reading the book quite disturbing, like I have already mentioned his childhood was not a good one.  The detail that is included about the killings left me feeling a little disturbed, other readers might not feel the same and it might have no affect on them.  Jack was a very convincing character, especially when he was in kill-mode.  The lack of humanity his character showed whilst killing his victims did not sit well with me, but that lack of humanity would have to be there for him to be a contract killer in the first place.  The difference between Jack the family man and Jack the killer is vast and this works really well, giving Jack’s character the depth needed to carry the story.

Whenever Jack and his father were together Jack would hate how his father acted towards other people.  His opinion of his father is that he is not a nice man.  But then we read of Jack and his friend Leo going off together on one of Jack’s killing sprees and Jack treats his good friend exactly how his own father treat people.  Jack had bemoaned his father’s judgmental, nasty, rude and racist side and yet here he was being judgmental, rude and nasty to Leo.  I guess the author did this deliberately to show that no matter how Jack felt he was different to his own father, deep down he was really quite the same.  My overall feeling here was that Jack had a nerve to be offended by his father when he acted in a similar manner.

That said, I did not dislike the book.  I would not say I thoroughly enjoyed it because it left me feeling a little disturbed after I had read it.  However, I could not put the book down and just had to keep reading on and on until I had finished it.  The end did surprise me a little, although there is a huge hint in the book about someone – some readers will pick up on this right away, others will be just as shocked as I was.  Either way I feel that this book is a really good read.  It is intriguing, gripping and poignant.  It is excellently written and flows really well, making it a pleasurable read.

I will give the book 5 stars ***** because of how well it is written and for the fact I could not put it down.

Review of Heated (When Seals Come Home)

Mercedes (Mercy) Hernandez is the sheriff of Strong, California and she likes to live and play by the rules and she also likes everyone else to live their lives this way too.  After a string of Mr. Wrongs in her life she is adamant she is not going to get involved with the sexy smoke jumper Joey Carter.  The problem with Joey is that he does not like to live and play by the rules – correction – he plays by his own rules!

Mercy has pulled Joey over a number of times for speeding on his motorbike and her boss has already warned her that the department cannot afford any trouble, after a colleague got caught in a compromising position.  The trouble with Joey is that he speeds to try to forget his troubles and this is making Mercy notice him more.

This book is hot on action in all departments!  It is the kind of book you can rely on to make you feel better about life.  It is pure escapism and hot and sexy to boot.  There is plenty of reference to other characters that appear to be part of the series – this is number four in this particular series – which helps give the book a good back story.

I enjoyed reading this book and liked the characters a lot.

If you like your romance novels and you like sexy heroes then you won’t be disappointed by this book.

**** 4 stars. Really liked it.

Review of Hell’s Belle

Nina Martinez is half human/half vampire and is part of an underground government agency that deals with rogue monsters in the human world.  She returns to Providence to help her Aunt run the bar that they own.  She soon has to put her training to good use when she helps investigate a series of ritualistic murders.  This sees her become entangled with the sexy FBI agent assigned to the case.  Nina finds Max both sexy and disturbing and she tries her hardest to hide her true self from him.  But when she is attacked by a rogue vampire another side of her gets unleashed and pretty soon she has to let Max in on her secret life.

This book was fun, witty and full of sass.  What was not to love?

The story unfolded nicely, the writer engages the reader really well and the characters are fun.  This kind of book is not about being true to life, it’s a fantasy novel and therefore anything goes.  I loved the story, I loved the characters and I look forward to reading further installments of this series.

**** 4 stars. Really liked it.

Review of Toxic World, Toxic People.

i am not entirely sure what I thought this book was going to be about; perhaps it would be fair to say I fully expected it to be about people who bring you down, who are negative sorts, who blight your life and so on.  There was a little about that but the rest of the book dealt with toxicity in every aspect of life.

The book is broken up into three sections and I have to warn you now, it is heavy going.  All of the parts of this book really are grim reading, the cold hard facts that the author presents are quite scary to read – the information is there, in black and white, but it is up to you, the reader, how you choose to use that information.  You can allow yourself to be swayed by the author’s findings, following her findings blindly, or you can look into these topics yourself and make your own mind up.

 My advice to you is this:  Research the topics discussed in this book and make your own mind up.  I would also recommend discussing any health concerns with your own health practitioner before making any drastic changes to your diet.  Common sense should be exercised if reading his book.  

WARNING!

DO NOT just follow the author’s suggestions blindly.  

ALWAYS seek medical advice before undertKing any of the suggestions.
I have to admit that there are some very good ideas and practices within this book.  One in particular that stood out for me was attachment parenting. I parented in this style and can vouch for how effective it is.  I like a lot of the ideas that the author puts forward in this book, but some feel too extreme for me.  It is a well written, well researched and thought provoking book.  It throws up a lot of interesting points about the toxicity levels of everyday items and how we are exposed to them.

There are a lot of good points made by the author and by the quotes that she uses.  The author provides lots of links for you to look into for yourself, which I thought was fantastic.

This book is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are interested in this kind of thing then I can recommend this book to you.