A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills

Today I’m reviewing A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills by Kim O’Brien.
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Millie is that girl from high school that had all the boyfriends and wanted to be a celebrity. David is that guy that you never really remembered and if you did you remembered a dork.
Fast forward about fifteen years. Millie still has a ton of boyfriends that she breaks up with within two months of a relationship, all while living and working with her mother, who keeps making her go on blind dates, while trying to make it to Hollywood.
David, on the other hand, has out grown his dorkiness and is now a widower dentist with an almost teen son and a stalker that wants to be his girlfriend.
So, when Millie loses a filling, she finds herself in David’s chair plotting a solution to both of their problems, they’ll “date”. It’s the perfect solution, Millie won’t have to worry about any more blind dates and David can finally break free from his stalker. But when feelings start to change for both of them, will Millie run from David because of her past or will she finally let love in?
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This story isn’t bad. But it’s definitely not one of my favorites. Millie’s character wasn’t one of my favorites, which is never a good thing when you don’t like the main girl. David’s character was nice, though, and defied his family and all that was conventional to date Millie.
There is one thing that I noticed about this story. Most authors paint a picture of the town their describing in such a way that makes people almost way to pack up everything and move to the town of the characters, Kim O’Brien, however, paints an honest picture of the Black Hills and, frankly, it seems freezing there. She describes the Black Hills winter and I know that it is too cold for this Arizonian girl.
This book is Christian. You see a character or two turn their lives over to God and you see some of the more rules-than-faith Christians eat some humble pie, though they never admit it.
The romance in this story epitomizes the Christian romance. Gentle, subtle, and clean. The type of romance tweens could even read without worrying about any content that they shouldn’t read.
This book was okay. But I won’t be reading it again anytime soon. I don’t know why I didn’t like it very much. In fact, this book should be one of the ones that I was ecstatic over, but I’m not.
The name of the book made absolutely no sense to me. The “wedding blunder” in the title wasn’t until the end and no effect on the storyline. It’s not a big thing but I think that the author or publisher should have picked a better title. One that made sense with the story.
Overall, I like it, but I don’t. Perfect for a tween or teen, even an adult who likes a quick summer read or likes their romances subtle and clean. I give it a three out of five.

I was given this book by Barbour Books and Netgalley in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are all my own.

inFAMOUS

I know I don’t usually review video games but I had to on this one.
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The story follows Cole, a normal bike delivery guy, or he was until an explosion ripped through Empire City wiping out six square block of the town. You see, Cole is being blamed for the explosion, he was apparently delivering the cause at the time of detonation. The blast was no ordinary blast though. It gave him extraordinary superpowers.
Now, Cole has a choice he can either make people fear him and become one of the people wrecking havoc on this disaster struck town, or he can protect the innocent civilians of Empire City and the decision is in your hands.
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I got this game when the Playstation Network was, unfortuneately, hacked and they gave away two free games for each system that they sell. My sister talked me into buying it and, I’ll be honest, I was skeptical, but now I’m glad she did.
This game has fantastic graphics. The buildings and people almost look like they’re right in front of you. There is one thing though. When you get too close to a character you are conversing with it doesn’t feel real.
One of my favorite features of this game was the open-world feature of this game. It allows you to choose a mission out of your main and side missions or could just stroll around the city to your hearts content, although strolling is a little difficult with Reapers and various other enemies roaming the same streets.
In general, the controls are responsive and easy to control. There are a few things that are more difficult to do. For example, maneuvering out of a jump is almost impossible. Also, I wish that you could fire by just pushing R1 instead of L1 then R1.
The storyline, for me, is one of the most, if not the most, important part of a game and this one had no lack of excitement and it kept me interested the entire time.
The game has T rating because of violence, language, and innuendo. Overall, the violence is to be expected with this type of game. However, I could do without the language and sexual innuendo and found that most of the time they were inappropriate and completely unnecessary.
The voice acting in this game was good as well as the sounds and details. If someone had a surround sound system they could really get lost in this game.
Overall, I love this game. The graphics, acting, gameplay, controls, and storyline are top notch with just a few glitches, while the language and innuendo was unnecessary. I give this game a four and a half out of five.

Code Blue

Dr. Cathy Sewell has come back to her hometown after a broken relationship, but the peace she expects to find there is eluding her.
When Cathy is almost killed in a deliberate car accident, she realizes someone isn’t happy about her return.
To men fight for her affection. Lawyer Will Kennedy, her high school sweetheart and the man that rescued her after the accident, and Dr. Marcus Bell, who wants a relationship but refuses to get involved in her hospital privileges.
With no one to trust and someone out to kill her, Cathy has to rely on herself and God to find the culprit.
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This book is suspenseful, with a black SUV causing so much trouble, and I got to say there definitely has a plot twist at the end.
But this is Richard Mabry’s debut novel and it’s not as great as it would have been had a seasoned writer had concocted it. It doesn’t quite live up to the potential that the author has.
Keeping that in mind, however, I found this book enjoyable and I genuinely wanted to come back and read more.
This is a Christian book, but I found it lacking in the faith department. It’s definitely a book more surrounded by the mystery than Christ.
The romance was gentle and pleasant. It was slow and steady instead of rushed or quick and I found that it fit perfectly.
Overall, this is an enjoyable story that had plot twists and a storyline that drew you in, but may have been better if it hadn’t been a debut novel. I’d recommend it for anyone who is getting started in suspense books or anyone in medicine. I give it three out of five.

Not a Fan

Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.
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Sixty-five percent of people between the ages of eighteen and forty-one say that they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, of that sixty-five percent twenty-three percent say that premarital sex is a sin and sixteen percent say that getting drunk is wrong. So how many of that sixty-five percent of those Christians are true followers of Jesus instead of just fans?
Are you a fan or a follower? Kyle Idleman’s book Not a Fan helps you figure that out.
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Wow. That’s all I can really say about this book. This book is powerful. Kyle Idleman has been blessed by God with this message.
This book can’t really be read quickly. It has to be digested slowly and thought over. It urges and convicts you, but it also it also shows you what you are, a fan or a follower.
The book is laid out great with a story from real life stories at the end of each chapter. You read of so many different people with different situations. It shows what it took to bring to fully give everything up to Jesus.
On the first and second page of the book there is reviews from other people and I agree completely what Christ Caine, founder of the A21 foundation said,”…Not a Fan is a book that every Christian should read and reread regularly.”
Overall, this book contains a powerful message that I would recommend to any Christian over the age of 14. It makes you decide whether or not you want to grow your relationship with Christ I give this book a five out of five.

I was given this book in exchange for this review all the opinions I expressed are my own.

Spring for Susannah

Today I’ll be reviewing Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond
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Susannah is desperate. Her family just died and she has lost all of her stuff because of unpaid devts ger father wracked up unbeknownst to her. So when her vest friend tells her of her brother-in-law, they become pen pals and eventually get married.
There’s just one problem, she’s shy and her husband, Jesse, isn’t. He wants a wife to love and talk to, but what he gets is a shy woman who doesn’t like to talk particually about herself. Now Jesse has to crack the shell that she built around herself before he can have a wife that will fully love him and God.
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Catherine Richmond has a gift of making the flatest, yellowest land in the country look beautiful with her words and let me say, living in a soddy has never sounded better. Though, it still doesn’t sound great.
The characters are realistic and deep, and when they suffer or rejoice, you do too.
This is obviously a romance. Most romances I have reviewed I complain that the romance was too soft with no passion, but this book has too much. There’s a specific line in Christian romance that you shouldn’t cross, this book is the closest I’ve seen to that line. The author describes things a little too much and put things in there that would work just fine without it in there.
The Christian aspect in this book is perfect. Not too much and not too little. You see Susannah and some others grow in there faith. You see them trust God when they need it most.
Overall, it’s a good romance, but the romance is too heavy and makes this book something that I wouldn’t recommend for any child or teen. I give it three and a half out of five.
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Defiance

Zack Brewer’s speedy trial is turning into a media circus. Why? Because Zack is prosecuting a man who homosexually sexually assaulted four other Navy SEALS. Also, the presidential candidate, Eleanor Claxton, is condemning their attempts at jail time, creating riots and publicity.
Shannon McGillvery finds that Diane Colcernian, Zack’s ex-cocounsel might not be dead after all and they have two weeks to find and save her. Shannon decides to put her growing feelings for Zack aside and searches for Diane in a mission that could easily start WWIII.
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These books always remind me of the old TV show JAG. I loved that show and I love these books, but there was something missing from this one. Maybe it was the lack of Diane and most likely the lack of court room scenes.
Some people would say that the story plot was unbelievable, in a bad way, but for some reason, I found it believable. Part of me doesn’t think it’s past many politicians to use a case like the one in this book for publicity.
Don Brown has always drawn me in with his books and the Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian romance. In this story though, it seems that Zack is cuddling up to Wendy Poole a fellow JAG officer completely different from Diane. His love and the fact that he misses her after eighteen months is what I love about him.
This book is Christian and most of the non-Christians in this book cry out to God in times of trials and moments of despair. Don Brown incorporates it all so well.
Politics obviously are in this book and Don Brown makes his stand as a Republican Conservative very clear so for some who are opposite may be slightly offended.
Overall this book is good, like the others, for those who enjoyed JAG and the anything to with the Navy JAGs. Though I wouldn’t recommend this for small children I would, however say that teens could read this. I give it four out of five.
I received this book free for this review. All opinions are mine.