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You’re in the Army now

The Army Ranger Trilogy
Complete Collection
by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Romance
BooksGoSocial
Pub Date 4 Jul 2018
Kindle

These U.S. Army Rangers fought for their country. Are they willing to fight for the women they love?

Cory Foster and Chase Richards have been friends since Army basic training. They went through hell together in Ranger school—and a different kind of hell during their tour in the Middle East. They’re at the top of their game. They’ve seen it all. They know it all. Then two women show them they still have a lot to learn—and that the most dangerous battlefield is the one in their hearts.

Meet Cory Foster: Always in control, this U.S. Army Ranger likes women in his bed but out of his heart—until he’s blindsided by love. But can he convince Maddy it’s worth the effort to keep their love alive?

Get to know Maddy Wright: An E.R. doctor who swore she’d never be romantically involved with a soldier—and now finds herself pregnant by one.

Struggle with U.S. Army Ranger Chase Richards: As he agonizes over his love for an unattainable woman, and then for the loss of his comrades—and more.

Cheer on Ella Foster: As she sheds her victim status and becomes the woman she was meant to be—and, perhaps, the woman Chase badly needs.

Join these characters you’ll grow to love as they fight their way through war, romance, injury and loss!

THE BOOKS

RANGER’S DESTINY (Book 1)
RANGER’S SACRIFICE (Book 2)
RANGER’S HONOR (Book 3)

This trilogy book started well but although it tackled the very serious issues of PTSD, and loss of limbs and how to resettle into 'normal' life after serving, two things began to irritate as I read on. 
1. The sheer amount of sex and in depth description. We get it. Men are horny after service but to finish just about every, short, chapter with it was overkill.
2. Religion. I wasn't expecting this, and didn't appreciate being preached at. Religions cause wars. Read the Bible.
So I was torn about how to grade this book. But have come down to 3 because of irritation.

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Trees and Minds

Girl from the Tree House Book Cover Girl from the Tree House
Women of our time Book 1
Gudrun Frerichs
psychological, thriller
Gudrun Frerichs
(21 May 2019)

It all unraveled at the funeral...

Horace Reid's death opened the door to our freedom. His widow, Elizabeth, exists only on paper. She disappeared thirty years ago. It's us, the Tribe, who live in her body now. But nobody knows that. Us are Elise, the reluctant host, Lilly the closer, Ama, the proverbial mother, Sky, our wise guide, Amadeus, the warrior, and Luke, the man around the house. There are others, but we make sure they stay hidden and away from harm.

After Horace's funeral, they tried to lock us in a mental hospital. Our sister-in-law had it all carefully planned. Thanks to quick thinking—yes, being a multiple has its advantages—we escaped to New Zealand's South Island. Tucked away in the West Coast wilderness we... well, the plan was to continue our healing. We didn't expect that monsters from our past still had us on their radar. When the police accuse us of murder we have to run again. Where to go, which way to turn? Our neighbor Scott appears helpful, but can we trust him? Can we trust ourselves? Can we trust anyone?

The GIRL FROM THE TREE HOUSE is the first of a series of psychological thrillers set in current day New Zealand. It describes how Elizabeth, a thirty-two-year-old woman with multiple personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder, DID), fights for her sanity and freedom. Four core personalities tell the story from the inside out, giving a touching insight into the workings of the dissociated mind. There are no graphic descriptions of abuse.

Gudrun Frerichs is a retired psychotherapist and trauma specialist in the field of (sexual) abuse recovery. She successfully worked with many clients who had a DID diagnosis. Recovery from trauma and dissociation has been the focus of her Master's dissertation (2000) and Ph.D. thesis (2008) and is also the topic of her blog Multiple Voices. THE GIRL FROM THE TREE HOUSE is a spectacular departure from her romance series THE GOLDEN GIRLS.

Whilst written by a psychotherapist she failed to completely proofread the book for terms spelt incorrectly. Which is a shame as this will confuse those readers who are not of her community.

Multiple personalities do exist in the DID world but it is rarer than most fiction writers would have us believe. Nevertheless, as this book is written by a psychotherapist, what we get here, is an amalgam of her true experiences with such patients. 
For someone like me, who is not an expert, this is fascinating. And yes, ECT is still used occasionally it seems. But childhood trauma is so often a cause of dissociating as Miss Marple says- it is a normal response, to any trauma in fact. 
And our narrator says she belongs to a Tribe, not all of whom are female. And only 1 got married.

This is not light reading, but it is thought provoking, especially in relation to our own internal worlds. We all have them. And, in the right circumstances, we can hold two contradictions as equally true and valid. Do we have more
than one personality? It often seems so. There is the way we interact with strangers, which is different from our interactions within family, and which may be different from how we interact with rich or poor or famous people.
So 5 stars for tackling a difficult issue- and think on- there are a very high percentage of prisoners with trauma related mental health problems which cause them to have difficulty operating in 'normal' society.

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Marriage not a la mode

The Potential for Love Book Cover The Potential for Love
A Regency Novel
by Catherine Kullmann
Historical Fiction , Romance
Willow Books BooksGoSocial
(25 Mar. 2020)

When Arabella Malvin sees the figure of an officer silhouetted against the sun, for one interminable moment she thinks he is her brother, against all odds home from Waterloo. But it is Major Thomas Ferraunt, the rector’s son, newly returned from occupied Paris who stands in front of her. For over six years, Thomas’s thoughts have been of war. Now he must ask himself what his place is in this new world and what he wants from it. More and more, his thoughts turn to Miss Malvin, but would Lord Malvin agree to such a mismatch for his daughter, especially when she is being courted by Lord Henry Danlow? As Arabella embarks on her fourth Season, she finds herself more in demand than ever before. But she is tired of the life of a debutante, waiting in the wings for her real life to begin. She is ready to marry. But which of her suitors has the potential for love and who will agree to the type of marriage she wants? As she struggles to make her choice, she is faced with danger from an unexpected quarter while Thomas is stunned by a new challenge. Will these events bring them together or drive them apart?

This was my first novel by Catherine Kullman and although it is set in the same world as Darcy Burke’s and Erica Ridley’s books, ie the Regency period, this writer is very different in style and content.
This is a much more serious Regency romance. 
Set just after the battle of Waterloo with the regiments back in the UK on furlough as no longer on active duty. As a result the younger sons and gentlemen of the Ton were welcomed back in their best regimental finery - which of course was very dashing. Much more so than standard society dress.
However, it was not this that was to be the attraction between our two - Thomas and Bella. It was more the things that her father said were important for marriage. Friendship, companionship, similar interests and so on, and of course having compatible temperaments.  Bella’s father said love would come if the other elements were satisfactory and he should know as he was on wife 2. And again we had a number of women dying as they gave birth. 
He was also someone who believed that women could look after money and that they were sensible enough to own property.
This romance, typical of the genre has its ups and downs, with some excitement and rejected lovers etc etc and unexpected events that turn their expectations of their lives together upside down.
This novel was of a good length and thus Catherine could explore quite a number of elements of the story and make it richer and more diverse. It was also enhanced by the author’s research into the era and the incorporation into the story of true elements of history. Not just the boots described in the fashion magazine but also the way men thought about what happened when they were away in the army. According to them the Bible accepted concubines - or mistresses - and it was acceptable to find one as a companion - such as a widow to ‘provide a refuge from military life’. See also what happens when Muslims go on pilgrimage and are ‘rented’ a wife for their stay. Hey ho - the bible was written by men!
 
I thought the novel was written and thoughtful and enjoyed her take on a Regency Romance.

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Free the Whale!

Power of Three Book Cover Power of Three
Power Rising Book #1
Cathy Parker
Science Fiction, first Contact, Alien Invasion
Bublish Incorporated, BooksGoSocial
August 28, 2019
326

An alien child catapults by sheer chance to earth. A beluga whale longs for freedom from the cruel confines of her small blue pool. Two powerful other-worldly beings seek to plunder our world, destroying our people and our resources. In this fast-paced, science fiction thrill ride, it falls to the fiercely independent bystander, Shannon Kendricks, attorney and seaquarium volunteer, to return the child Essi to her world. To find a way to free the desperate beluga, Juneau. To defeat the ancient aliens. On the upside, with the arrival of Essi, Shannon is startled to find not only does her physical appearance change dramatically, but she now possesses useful, near-magical traits to help her with barriers that appear insurmountable. But Shannon soon learns the most terrible threat comes from within: a bizarre lavender lightning strike has caused the minds of the beluga and child to enter Shannon's own mind. Their presence consumes many more calories than Shannon can possibly take in. They are killing her. In a desperate attempt to finish what she's set out to do before she dies, Shannon enlists the help of her friends. Not everyone will survive. And . . . who or what is the other dark force that Shannon discovers lurking in the shadows with the alien invaders?

A very strange tale indeed – dust in your mind? And alien powers? And I did wonder how she kept a dog of that size in a small place, glad she had a dog walker, but still.
I really found this tale compelling but odd, I did want the whale to go free as I am very much against all zoos and keeping animals for performances. I understand treating them until they are well, but free them afterwards, so I was urging her on all the time.
Would I read a follow-up story? I don’t think so. I am not really sure where you can go with this other than using the Lavender to discover emotions and possibly PI work. But it would be interesting if she does go up to the Arctic and work with whale rescue but that is a whole different story.

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Trust no-one

The Trusted Book Cover The Trusted
The Trusted Thriller Series Book 1
by Michelle Medhat
Mystery & Thrillers, Intrigue
BooksGoSocial, Mindblowing Books Ltd
Pub Date 17 Apr 2019

He's a husband, a killer, and the only man who can save the world…

Sam Noor keeps his double lives separate with expert precision. But when the MI6 agent's wife discovers the lie, he fears that both his worlds may shatter. Distraught and conflicted, Noor concentrates on his latest mission and discovers a weapon that could cause a global catastrophe…

Drawn into the fight against a sinister terrorist group with powerful connections, Noor must uncover the faction's secrets by any means necessary. Even if it puts the woman he loves in the line of fire.

But Noor has no way of knowing that a supernatural war rages within his nation. And the winner could take charge of humanity's very soul.

Against forces that defy his reality, can Noor protect millions of innocents from a bloody end?

The Trusted is a riveting spy thriller with a dash of supernatural suspense. If you like dark action, gritty heroes, and intricately-woven plots, then you'll love Michelle Medhat's mind-blowing novel.

Buy The Trusted to watch a hero take down the terror today!

A female computer engineer – block chains are one of the latest concepts in supply chain management to ensure the validity and trustworthiness of the chain – has a husband in the Foreign Office who travels for work – abroad –  a lot. And he has a secret that she doesn’t know – even after 10 years.

And there is a plot.  And Sleeping Assassins. And quantum bombs and other elements of a good spy thriller with lots of suspense.

Unfortunately this book ends with a cliff-hanger and thus you need to start book 2 to begin to resolve it. You are given chapter 1 of book 2 and hints from the author in order to gear you to reading it.

I didn’t. The plot line and contents were too much normal genre for a spy thriller and there was not enough originality for me to continue. I am going to give this 3 stars because although the style was good it didn’t grab me enough

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