Survive (Cascade #1) by Phil Maxey

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Survive is the first book in the Cascade series by author Phil Maxey. This is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic book but like no other I have read before.


Amazon Description: Being locked in a military cell was Zach’s world, until the world ended.

A group of ex-military try to survive and make sense of a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by unimaginable creatures, while dealing with their own dark pasts.


We start out with each of our heroes being released from their cells. They are in the same maximum security prison in New Mexico but from different floors. They all think it’s a joke until they realize something is horribly wrong. Abbey is the first to be release and to face her monster. Cal, Michael, Zach, Fiona and Ray make it out of the prison and to a small town after being ambushed by a “Harmadillo” as they start calling it, a cross between a horse and an armadillo.

There they find transport and a cop that is injured. He gives them some information on what is being called the “Cascade,” their term for the end of the world. He ends up joining them after they stay the night in the hotel room he had holed up in. Jacob decides to go with them and they make it to another town before they are ambushed by werewolf looking things. There they take in a kid named Dee who had been hiding in his father’s office for over a month.

It’s been just a few months shy since the shit hit the fan and they are all surviving the best they know how. When Jacob, Zach and Dee go on a run to a hardware store and Dee’s house to search for his parents, they run across a conspiracy theorist who invites them back to his house. They make it back to the office building in order to help take out a bunch of the werewolf things that had made it inside and were attacking the others. They stay at the mans house a couple nights before accepting the terms that General Trow has offered from the survival camp in Austin.

They leave the house early in order to make it to their pick up point but walk into an ambush by amphibians. Shit hits the fan and gets worse for them, loosing one of their team in the process of the pick up.


I think it’s safe to say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, regardless of zombies or not. While this might be a dystopian, post apocalyptic book, it does NOT have zombies. I am loving this take on an apocalyptic world. Zombies, plagues and viruses are something that are always the reasons behind most of these types of books.

This book features a different type of apocalypse: animals evolving at rapid rates. Humans are now on the bottom of the food chain rather than at the top. It’s a refreshing take on a very active genre! I can’t wait to read the second book in this series!

While it is a good storyline and the author is good at writing, it does NEED editing. There are misplaced words, slipped words, spelling errors and a few general mistakes that need to be edited. This book just released back in August and the reviews aren’t looking good for it because of the editing issues. I think once it gets edited, then the reviews would be better. Overall a good story despite these errors.


99 cents on Kindle

177 pages

Survive Purchase Link

(I purchased this book for free while it was on a free promo.)

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Odin (Billionaire Titans 2) by Alison Ryan

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Odin is the second book in the Billionaire Titans series by author Alison Ryan. This book picks up where Atlas left off. While this book focuses on Odin, it does heavily integrate Atlas and Pipers situation into this book.

Odin had picked up Atlas and Piper when they landed. Their flight was rerouted to Las Vegas instead of heading to where their father and brother were holed up. They were all still in danger from QB and were in hiding. Others on QBs shortlist were starting to perish but some were escaping which was making him angry.

Odin was shot three times after getting Atlas and Piper. He was rushed to the hospital where Dr. Clara O’Grady was able to stabilize him and save his life, despite him being in a coma. Atlas offers Clara a million dollars to become Odins personal doctor and to move in and care for him. She accepts and is at the ranch later that evening when he’s moved there.

She takes care of him like any doctor would. She keeps him a live but she spends a lot of her time with him. She talks to him, reads to him and even sings some. She’s quickly falling for him through her dreams she has and by being around him so much. She does some research and finds a device that might help him.

Enter Raven Conway. Raven is a long time friend from back when he was in an elite school. He was a hacker trying to impress a girl when Raven popped up and stopped him in his tracks. He was a good hacker but Raven was better. He mentioned Raven to his father and she’s been in debt to him since even though they don’t look at it that way. She steals the device and research to the device.

Clara uses the device and it pulls Odin out of his coma. He recovers very quickly, which is good. Atlas found QB. Actually Piper spied him in a box above a soccer stadium while Clara had the game on. Atlas started forming a plan which included inducing labor for Piper so he could meet his little girl first. And like that Achillea is born, named to honor the youngest Titan brother Achilles who was killed.

Things get very bad. Very, very bad before things start to look up. But in this kind of world, can anything truly look up? We’ll just have to wait and see when the next Billionaire Titan book comes out.

I like this book better than the first. We get backstory with both Clara and Odin. We learn not only how Odin used to be a hacker but how Raven became part of the family, so to speak. We learn about Claras husband who died while at work. We learn more about these two characters and so far, I’m liking all the characters. The bad guys might be bad but Alison Ryan’s writing makes it more believable.  I honestly can’t wait to get more books written by her.


$3.99 on Amazon

174 pages. (I honestly think this might be a misprint by Amazon because it took more swipes than that to read it.)

Odin Amazon Purchase Link

(I purchased this book when I happened to catch it free.)

Atlas (Billionaire Titans #1) by Alison Ryan

Atlas is the first book in the Billionaire Titans series by author Alison Ryan. I came across the second book, Odin, on a free list yesterday so I purchased this book for 99 cents to start the series. I am not disappointed that I did.

Atlas Titan is  ex-SEAL. His father, Emerson Titan, had a wicked obsession with mythology naming him Titan and his brother Odin. Emerson hasn’t been married since his last wife died. But he had a step-daughter from a previous marriage he always kept in contact with since she was the closest thing to a daughter he had. She’s in some serious trouble and Emerson is enlisting the help of Titan to help save her.

Only thing is, none of them know how deep Piper’s problems go. Pipers ex-boyfriend is a senator. He has deep connections. It isn’t until Atlas and Piper are at the hotel when he learns her ex’s name. He knows they’re in deep shit and it’s only going to get worse from there. He has a history with her ex and knows that the endgame is all about him and not her.

They end up moving around the world, thinking they were safe. Which is far from the truth. They end up drugged and kidnapped before being taken before Atlas’ old boss, QB. Atlas is issued an ultimatum to either kill his father or Piper will die, then his father, then him. He’s between a rock and a hard place.

The story gets more interesting from there. There’s crashing, new identities, wolf dogs, an island and attacks. This book has romance, hot steamy sex, danger, intrigue and more. I like the characters. I could easily see a situation like in this book happening in real life. Alison Ryan is a good author.

The book is 214 pages. The story is so good that it honestly felt longer than that! That tells me, that for me at least, it is a good book. I am always wanting books to be longer than they are. That is no different than this one but I’m happy with where it left off. I can’t wait to dig into the second book later tonight!

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214 pages

99cents

Atlas buy link 

4/5 stars

Bottom Feeder by Maria G. Cope

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Bottom Feeder is a book written by author Maria G. Cope. The cover caught by attention but the story inside sucked me in. This book will put you through an emotional roller coaster: happy sad, pissed, ready to kill and content. Maria Cope is an author that is new to me and I am very happy that I picked up this book and gave it a chance!


Maddy Carrington is seventeen years old and a graduate of high school. Her best friend, Dixon, is around a lot. Her father is throwing a graduation party, not just for her but for all the graduates. In other words, he wants to show off which he does well. Jackson, Violet’s son, is back home from the war. Jackson accompanies Violet to the party where Cordell Carrington steals Jackson away for a few minutes to talk cars and hint about a deal. Maddy walks down to the dock where they’re talking and interrupts before anything can get too far into the conversation.

Jackson returns to the Carrington house the next morning to speak with Cordell and find out what kind of deal he has in mind for Jackson to obtain the Barracuda. On the surface, the deal seems legit but Cordell leaves underlying threats in the mix. All Jackson has to do is escort Maddy to New York and act like he’s interested in her during the week before she leaves. That’s it. Simple. Only Maddy isn’t Jackson’s type of girl. Maddy is thick and not the scrawny type he normally goes after.

Things are okay between them until they get to NC for a few days before continuing on to New York. Maddy stays in a hotel while Jackson is in his barracks. On a Friday, Jackson sends Dominick Beraz to go get Maddy’s luggage to have it there at the barracks in her car ready to go. Beraz promises to come back later and get her, which he does. They end up going out on a date since it’s her eighteenth birthday. He draws her a gorgeous picture that goes along with some of the things they talked about. Dom and Maddy end up becoming a couple.

Things get a whole hell of a lot worse before the end of the book. With the way it was left off, I expect the second book to be a whole lot worse than this book was!


I loved Maddy from the beginning. She’s a character that most can love. She will protect anyone she loves even if it means endangering herself and letting harm come to herself to keep them safe, which she proves multiple times in the book. Cordell Carrington, didn’t like him from the start or Larry Duvall either. Jackson, I’m still iffy on.

Like I said above, this book will have you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I cried, laughed, was happy and sad while reading this book. It will make you feel things you don’t want too. You can’t help but love some of the characters as you’re reading this book. I would highly recommend this book to other readers!

99 cents Kindle

315 pages

***I purchased this book free in January 2014***

Dangerous Secrets (Callaghan Brothers #1) by Abbie Zanders

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The story opens with Kiara Fitzpatrick cuffed to a bed. She is burning up with fever and infection. The man she’s been kidnapped with visits her often. He is quick to anger so she doesn’t talk, only making small moans and shifting slightly. This night he comes in and realizes that she’s sick and wishes she would have told him so he could have gotten her some help. The man does care about her but after her trying to run away several times, he turns to cuffing her to the bed to keep her from running. He leaves to go get her antibiotics and she estimates she has about an hour before he returns. She manages to escape the cuffs after a while and dislocating her hand but she manages it.

Fastforward ten years into the future.  Kiara is dead and Taryn is now alive. Kiara went into hiding and doesn’t stay in one place too long before moving on. Except when it came to Charlie. He found her that night and took her to his pub and brought her back to health. They took care of each other until he passed away a year before. She worked in his pub after she turned eighteen and enjoyed the work. With Charlie dead she decides to move on.

Her car breaks down and she’s stuck in a small town. She asks Charlie for a sign as she’s walking around. She comes upon a pub and feels a tingle and she knows it’s Charlie telling her that’s where she needs to be. She goes in and has an instant connection with Jake and Ian, the two men behind the bar. It’s unusually crowded but she learns it’s Homecoming weekend and will be packed the next couple nights. They’re short a bartender and she ends up making a deal with Jake: she bartends in exchange for a room.

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I loved this book. I didn’t realize that Kiara/Taryn were the same person until part way through the book and then all the quirks she has all made sense. There is so much going on in this book. When I found out who the man was that killed her family and kidnapped her, I couldn’t believe it. I also couldn’t believe that some of the boys from Jake’s bar knew her from a long time ago but couldn’t place her. These boys in this series are awesome and I wish they were real. 🙂

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356 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

$11.99 Paperback

(I got this book free on promo in 2014)

Alicia (Blackbird #5) by Dahlia Donovan

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Alicia is the fifth book in the Blackbird series by Dahlia Donovan. The reviews for Ivy, Natasha, Masquerade and Twelve Days can all be found on my blog as well.

The fifth book follows Alicia, Ivy’s best friend. Starts out with Alicia planning Ivy’s wedding. On the day of the wedding things go horribly wrong. After the vows, everyone is standing around talking. Alicia is yelling at Jezza because he already has two glasses of champagne in his hands and looks like he’s about to get sloshed. All of a sudden she finds herself on her back on the lawn being covered by Josh, the resident panther shifter of Blackbird. She processes that she heard a gunshot and then sees Jezza dead.

Blackbird gets Ivy, Dane, Alicia and the others out of there safely without anyone else being hurt. They go to the main house where they all change from their wedding clothes into something more comfortable. After that, everyone is whisked away to different parts. Alim, Alicia’s uncle, takes Alicia and Josh to his estate. Alim gives Josh his blessing to date Alicia only because he’s saved her life and made her smile for the first time in a long time. Alim takes them to Morocco where they can be more protected since they are friends of the most powerful family there.

Things start to come to light after Alicia realizes that her step-sister Fawn is being a few nasty presents being left on her doorstep back in London. Things start to go really bad when she realizes that some of her more traditional family members are lurking around the hotel and waiting on a chance to kidnap her. Alim distracts Fawn and Josh gets Alicia out of there without any trouble.

Alicia and Josh are now on the run because someone is chasing them and wants them dead. The threats aren’t only coming from Alicia’s family’s enemies but from recent threats to Ivy and Blackbird themselves.

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This book was a good one to read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. I really liked reading Josh and Alicia’s story, especially after Twelve Days. I was really wondering how it was going to play out with them. I love Dahlia’s characters and her style of writing.

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120 pages

$2.99 on Amazon

I paid 99 cents on promo

TAG by Shari J Ryan

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TAG is a recent release, having just come out on the 7th of November. I’ve read some of Shari Ryan’s books before and loved them, so how could I not like this one? The answer, I could like this one. 🙂

Carolina has been alone for a few years now. Her father was never around, her mother died of cancer and then her boyfriend murdered her sister. All before the age of twenty. Carolina, or Cali as she likes to be called, has tracked a man named Reaper since her sister’s murder. He’s the one that killed her and she wants nothing more than to extract revenge on the man who murdered her sister and left her essentially alone in the world.

Carolina starts by tracking down the teacher who had abused and raped her sister earlier in the year she was killed. She taunts him and he ends up killing himself after she uploads his confession to YouTube. Her father finds out about it and demands she leave immediately. He purchased her a plane ticket to get her on the opposite side of the country from where she had drawn attention to herself at.

On the flight, she meets someone who is actually her new “bodyguard” but doesn’t tell her who he is. When they land, she ends up getting coffee while they wait for their respective rides. When she comes back from the coffee shop, they start talking and he tells her in no certain way that her dad isn’t coming and that he’s there to protect her. She doesn’t trust him because her mom used to always say to never trust anyone.

Tango eventually tells her that her father is the one who hired him and also that he has coordinates to where he was when he was hired. And he also admits to why her father is in hiding and that he himself is sick and dying. His only hope is what her father has.

So this raises questions. Is Tango just using Cali? What is wrong with Tango? What is so important that her father is in hiding for? Can they even find her father using the coordinates? What happens on each leg of the journey? What becomes of Cali, Tango, Reaper and the many others they encounter on their journey?

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This book starts out with a dark chapter. But it does get better. The dark chapter lets everyone know what happened and it helps to bring light to Cali’s character and the reason she is the way she is. This book had me laughing at parts and wanting to cry at others. Any book that can make you feel different emotions within the pages, is a good book in mu opinion. Definitely a book I will be reading again.