Wolver’s Gold (The Wolver’s #5) by Jacqueline Rhoades-a review

Wolver’s Gold (The Wolver’s #5) by Jacqueline Rhoades-a review

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About The Book: Release Date May 20, 2014

Finding gold where you least expect it…

Lone wolf and Special Investigator for the ubiquitous Eugene Begley, Challenger McCall is sent to the town of Gold Gulch to take care of a problem that might involve the exposure of the wolver community. For McCall, it’s like stepping back in time – a hundred and fifty years back in time.

Gold Gulch is a tourist attraction where the wolvers take their work so seriously, they continue their Victorian lives long after the tourists have gone home. Much like their 19th century counterparts, the women are overworked and underpaid.

Rachel Kincaid is one such woman. Exercising the only power she holds, she has become a wolver oddity; a spinster who refuses to mate. Why would she, when she already has to take care of the short-staffed hotel, its restaurant, and her ne’er-do-well father? Angry and bitter, Rachel decides she deserves a better hand than the one she’s been dealt and finds herself drawn to the handsome new sheriff, Challenger McCall. Why shouldn’t she, for once in her life, enjoy the same freedom as the Soiled Doves on the hill?

Things get complicated when Rachel’s wolf awakens after a long sleep and the town’s women seem to awaken along with it. Papa’s gambling debts leave them on the brink; the pack is at risk; and the women rebel. Oh, and don’t forget the murders. If ever a pack needed rescuing, Gold Gulch is it, but as the girls up at Daisy’s Bouquet point out, – A smart woman needs to look after herself!

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REVIEW:  Wolver’s Gold is the newest intriguing installment of the Amazon Best Selling Wolver series by author Jacqueline Rhoades.

Departing from the last three Wolver books which involved the three Goodman brothers and their lives and packs, Wolver’s Gold leads deeper into the heart of the Wolver society and its issues. We get a closer look at the elusive Mr. Begley.

Challenger McCall works for Mr. Begley as a fixer for the elusive Council of Wolvers. He investigates and corrects issues within packs that may lead to the exposure of Wolver society to the human race. He’s unique, an alpha loner with no lasting relationships, except with his boss.

Rachel Kincaid is a wolver woman living in Gold Gulch, a tourist old west town where the Victorian dress and manner is still alive and well, even after hours. She’s decided against mating and for 15 years her wolf has slept.

Gold Gulch has some issues and Mr. Begley sends Challenger McCall to find out what’s up in the little old west town.
That’s the set up! No spoilers but let me tell you what you’ll find!

A twisty tale of crimes, passion, and women who need to find a way back to the freedom they were born to have and hold. Ms. Rhoades has written a wonderful tale of so many complicated issues and used her typical humor, wit and interesting twists to bring them to life and light.

Again, this book is full of wonderful and witty conversations, situations and secondary characters that you just learn to love (and bad guys you love to hate). All this and marvelously researched language and period items without getting in the way of a great storyline.

Do yourself a huge favor, get your favorite beverage, a few tissues and make sure you have lots of time, you won’t want to stop or put this down; and enjoy this action packed, love story (yes, it’s got some sizzling love scenes)! I certainly did!

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Reviewed by Georgianna

Reading Order
1. The Alpha’s Mate
2. The Alpha’s Choice
3. The Alpha’s Daughter
4.  Rabbit Creek Santa
5. Wolver’s Gold (May 2014

Wolver's Gold

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She’d just bent to sweep her neat little pile of debris into the pan when he spoke above her.
“What’s freckled and pink and red all over,” (Jack Coogan) asked with a snickering laugh and then sang his detestable ditty. “Tell me Rachel dearest, if what they say is true, are you like the other redheads and red all over, too?”
Anger rose in Rachel so quickly and violently that it should have frightened her. Her spine snapped to attention, shoulders back and squared. Gripping her broom with two hands, she spun it upright like a soldier presenting arms and then she swung that broom like she knew what she was doing and had done it before. She thrashed that obnoxious wolver, who was now hunched over with his arms curled around his head to protect himself from the blows of the tightly woven fan of straw.
“Do you really want to know the answer?” she hissed at him, continuing the broomstick battering. Whomp. “Because I’ll gladly tell you, Mr. Coogan.” Whomp. “Your whole body, that’s what.” Whomp. “Or it will be by the time I’m finished with you! Now get out of here before I really lose my temper.” Breathless, she gave him yet another swat. “And don’t come back!”
“Aw, Rache, I was just trying to get your attention,” Coogan complained as he scuttled around the edge of the large vestibule, Rachel right behind him threatening another bout of violence. “It was just a bit of fun.”
“It’s Miss Kincaid, and the next time you think that’s the way to get a lady’s attention, you’d better think twice. Do you hear me, Mr. Coogan? I have neither time nor tolerance for your fun. Now get out and do not dare to enter this establishment ever again.”
She drove him through the open door with the threat of her broom. Someone stepped aside when, with one last stroke of the broom, and as if she was sweeping the last of the dirt out the door, Rachel chased the man out.
A large, booted foot connected with the seat of Jack Coogan’s trousers with enough force to send him sprawling over the porch and down into the dirt.
“Always happy to help a beautiful woman,” said a deep voice.
Cheeks flushed from the heat of battle, green eyes blazing with a hundred grievances ready to explode, and trusty broom at the ready, Rachel turned to the owner of the boot.
“Whoa, little lady, whoa.” He waved his hands in front of him to ward off the imminent attack. “I’m on your side,” he laughed. “No guy in his right mind would say that to a lady.” He laughed again. “I would have helped you more, but you looked like you were doing fine without me.”
Rachel felt her mouth open, yet no sound emerged. With a conscious effort, she forced it shut, but could do nothing about her wide and staring eyes. To calm herself, she drew in a breath deep enough to make her corset creak, and caught the heady scent of a prime alpha wolver.
“Are you okay?”
No, of course she wasn’t ‘okay’. How could she be? She’d just lost her temper in the most unladylike manner in front of this, this…
“Oh dear,” she breathed and looked at the broom in her hands as if she’d never seen one before. “Oh dear,” she said again.
Reason tried to reassert itself when she spotted the dog, sitting at the wolver’s heels. Out of all the thoughts whirling in her head, only one made it to her tongue.
“You can’t bring the dog in here, and out there, it must be on a leash.”
“Actually, I was looking to rent a room for a few days.” He stepped through the doorway and closed the door behind him. “Miss Kincaid? I think you should sit down.”
Her face fell into a different kind of frown. Etiquette, practiced for years, was lost. Words of polite discourse were nowhere to be found. “How do you know my name?” she asked rudely.
“You told the guy you just gave the ass whuppin’ to. It’s Miss Kincaid, you said.”
She started to reprimand him for his language and then her befuddled brain kicked in and she realized what he’d said. “How much did you hear?” she asked in a high pitched squeak that sounded nothing like her own well-modulated voice.
“From the minute the bastard spoke,” he told her, grinning. “I was standing in the doorway, admiring your, um, dustpan skills, when the jackass made a crack about your…”
“You saw the whole thing? Why didn’t you speak?” And save her from making a fool of herself.
“Should I have? You looked like you had it under control.” He winked at her. “Next time I’ll remember to step in.”
“There won’t be a next time, Mr.… I’m afraid I didn’t get your name.”
“Challenger McCall, though most folks just call me…”
“Sheriff McCall.” She rolled her eyes heavenward with a silent prayer to the Good Lord to strike her dead without delay.
“I hope so,” he said, starting to laugh. “Is that a problem?”
“No, sir, of course not. Why would it be?”
“I don’t know. You just seem a little upset by it, that’s all.”
Upset? Why would she be upset? It couldn’t be because the visitor, who should be, as all visitors were, gone in the next day or two never to return, a visitor who witnessed the most improper, unrefined and disrespectable circumstance she’d ever found herself in, turned out to be the very handsome and unsettling new sheriff. Oh, heavens no. That wouldn’t be upsetting at all. Her stomach rolled and fluttered in unaccustomed discomfort, as if she’d ingested something alive and still moving. Panic started to rise.

 

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Jacqueline RhoadesA New Englander by birth and an Ohioan by choice, Jacqueline, known as Jackie by her friends, makes her home in a small, rural town with one lovable husband, one spoiled dog and one disinterested cat. (The adjectives are often interchangeable). An avid reader from a very early age, Jackie has an eclectic taste for books and therefore has trouble naming a favorite genre or author, though she does admit that for pure personal fantasy and ‘take-me-away’ books, you just can’t beat a good romance.
Jackie believes in the beauty of all women and thinks most women don’t see themselves as they should (herself included). She tries to make the women in her books reflect the best of ‘average’ in a variety of shapes, sizes, personalities and backgrounds, and each is beautiful in her own way. Some of her heroes are movie star handsome, while others are not. All her characters are beautiful in the eyes of their lovers and that, to Jackie, is the most beautiful of all.

The Guardians Of The Race Series
paranormal, romance,
Guardian’s Grace
Guardian’s Hope #2
Guardian’s Joy #3
Guardian’s Faith

The Wolvers
Paranormal, shifters, romance
The Alpha’s Mate
The Alpha’s Choice
The Alpha’s Daughter
Wolver’s Gold

Hidden Mountain
Contemporary Romance
Preston’s Mill

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Second Anniversary Celebration-Jacqueline Rhoades Prize Package

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Today’s second SECOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION giveaway prize packages have been graciously donated by the wonderful Jacqueline Rhoades. Jacqueline is offering:

1. One complete ebook series of THE GUARDIANS OF THE RACE

2. One complete ebook series of THE WOLVERS series.

3. One complete ebook series of HIDDEN MOUNTAIN series.

There will be three (3) winners-one winner for each series.

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Guardians of the Race

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The Wolvers series

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Hidden Mountain series

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Preston’s Mill and Changing Times by Jacqueline Rhoades-Reviews and Giveaway

Preston’s Mill and  Changing Times by Jacqueline Rhoades – Reviews and Giveaway

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Preston’s Mills
Hidden Mountain #1
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Genre: contemporary, romance, adult
Release Date: January 4,2014

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When her disastrous marriage ends in the most humiliating way, Meg Hanson doesn’t know what to do or who to turn to. Unhappy with her life as it was and unwilling to become what her mother and sister envision, she retreats to the little Appalachian town of Prestons Mill, the place where her father was raised. Meg has promised herself six months away from the influences of home to find out who she is and what she really wants out of life.

JT Preston is burdened with his family’s past sins, sins that prevent him from seeking the life he’s always envied and longed for. Annie thinks this is nonsense, too, and sets about bringing Meg and JT together, but nothing is ever as easy as it sounds.

When a coal company makes plans to begin mining the mountain, Meg and JT find themselves in the middle of the battle between those who consider it progress and those who see it as the end of a way of life. Greed rears its head, people are hurt and lives are endangered, Meg’s most of all.

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If you love romance…the “old fashioned” heart throbbing, sighing kind…this is it!  This is a wonderfully human tale of a woman who married early and certainly the wrong man!  A political and social climber, he basically “raised” a wife for his own needs.  Then, of course, slept around…although poor Meg didn’t know it until it was “page-one” in front of her.

Recently divorced, the scandal pretty fresh in her mind…Meg is a bit lost.  Her father sees her struggling to find her way and suggests she go visit with his Aunt Annie for a change of pace. Certainly not what her mother wants…but she’s tired of the “socially acceptable” people and places.  She needs to find out who she is, now that she’s not “Edward’s wife”.

Arriving in Preston’s Mill, she finds the small mountain town far different, but remembers visiting as a girl.  Her mother never approved, but her father loved this town.

She stops at one of the small businesses in town, The Downtown Café; the style of the café is old, but extremely clean.  She meets Suze and her husband/cook Jerry.  The people are wonderfully written, I swear I know these people.  She also gets teased by J.T. Preston and a quick peck to remind her of who had once been her first kiss.  This confrontation is hilarious and must be read!  I love this first introduction to the town and a few of its people.  The dialect is perfect for the small mountain town and is absolutely correct and so colorful, it just makes them and the place – so real.  You actually feel like you’re there, I can see them; as well as the whole place while I’m reading.

Jacqueline Rhoades has written a warm, loving, wonderful place full of uniquely quirky people, who would give you the shirt of their backs.  This is a place you wish you could visit, if not live there.

While I don’t do spoilers, the romance is slow and easy as they get to know each other again, but quite steamy when they do.  Meg begins to find herself again; as well as who she wants to be and who she wants to be that person with.

Annie is Meg’s great aunt and is a wonderful character in her own right. She loves with her whole heart, prays and yet she’s so “down to earth” practical. Please read the excerpt posted for this book…the “mouse” scene is wonderful, but only one among many.

The story has drama, twists, bad guys, and so much more.  The only issue I had is that the story ended…just didn’t want it to.  Have no fear; the second book in this series will be released in February. I actually get to read it first!

If you like really good people, drama, and real love; get yourself your favorite beverage, lots of tissues and cuddle up to Preston’s Mill.  You won’t regret a minute of the time you spend in Preston’s Mill!  Enjoy, I did.

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Reviewed by Georgianna

excerpt

“That’s no car for a lady.” She laughed aloud as she grabbed the keys from the hook and headed out into the yard.

It certainly wasn’t. Her moment of rebellion had bought her a bone-rattling, kidney-jostling, butt-bumping Jeep with a hard top for winter and a soft top for spring and four wheel drive which Dewey assured her would be a blessing once the winter snows began. Sooner or later, she would probably curse her impulsiveness, but for now, this thing was fun to drive.

Having fun was something else she’d forgotten how to do. She’d trained her mouth to produce no more than polite smiles and discreet chuckles and the first time she let out a high pitched cackle of belly clutching mirth, she was so shocked by the sound, she cried.

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Changing Times
Hidden Mountain #2
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Release Date: January 31, 2014

Changing TimesABOUT THE BOOK

Return to Hidden Mountain…
Hard living Lorelei Stewart has always accepted her role as the town tramp’s daughter and has earned her fast and loose reputation, but times change. Pregnant and overburdened with responsibility, Lorelei’s given up men and hopes to provide her baby with what she lacked as a girl; a decent home and a loving mother. The old bootlegger, Rollie Roper, needs a caretaker and has room for Lorelei and her coming child; a fair exchange.

Everything’s almost perfect until Rollie’s long lost nephew, Cob Thornton, turns up with money and plans of his own and those plans don’t include the woman living in his house, yet something about Lorelei fascinates him. He begins to see past the cold armor she wears and discovers a vulnerable and loving woman within. Now all he has to do is convince the pessimistic Lorelei that sometimes, Changing Times can be a blessing in disguise.

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Changing Times is book two of the Hidden Mountain Series by Jacqueline Rhoades. We return to Preston’s Mill the small mountain town where it all began! We’re back to the wonderful people with all their interesting quirkiness and down home honesty. Ahhh, I’ve been away too long! I really need a piece of that double chocolate fudge cake at the Downtown Café.

This is Lorelei’s story. Being known as the Preston’s Mill bad girl and the town tramp’s daughter hasn’t been easy to live with for Lorelei. She’s not what everyone thinks…well, that’s not entirely true. She has been wild and has “slept” her way around, but the men were her choice; only she decided who she went with and she was particular. However, being Pearle’s daughter left an expectation in everyone’s mind and she did nothing to dissuade it.

She was molested in the last book (oops spoiler) and is with child. She tried to get Junior to marry her, but realized he was a crook and responsible for almost killing her friends. So that plan didn’t work and she ended up saving Rollie Roper and her friends; then turned Junior in to the law.

She now lives at Rollie Roper’s, whose life she saved in the last book (she needed a place to stay and he needed care and a housekeeper). She does take care of him and even manages to keep him from smoking too much and drinking too much. All this while she keeps his house spotless and does administrative work for the lady lawyer in town as well as still caring for her maniac/alcoholic mother. That would be incredible for anyone, let alone a very pregnant single lady.

Things are going fine, when who shows up but Rollie’s nephew who he thought was killed in action overseas. Rollie, being Rollie, didn’t actually talk to the “army guys” when they came to notify him – just assumed what they were there for. There is a good reason for this mistake, but you have to read the story to find this out! Anyway, he’s big and he’s back. He figures half this is his (his mother’s half) and so does Rollie.

Meanwhile, Junior and his mother decide Junior needs Lorelei to marry him (a wife can’t testify against her husband) so they claim to be able to take her baby away from her because she’s such a bad influence and they are so rich…

That’s the setup; you really need to read this wonderful tale for yourself. I don’t do spoilers (if I can help it) because it’s just so much fun to discover the details for yourself.

This much I can tell you… I laughed until I cried; I cried and chewed my fingernails; I swooned at the hot love scenes and more; I prayed at the most fearful scene a mother could read; I sighed at the end! That should give you some idea as to how compelling and captivating this story is. If we gave out ratings…this would be a 5+.

This is an incredibly romantic story of changing lives and finding one person to truly love and trust. Rich vibrant characters with humor and wisdom make up the whole town. A place I’d love to call home. Jacqueline Rhoades has managed to have it all in this wonderful new series.
Enjoy, I did!

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Reviewed by Georgianna

excerpt

Lorelei looked over her shoulder to where Hardy Curran was bouncing baby Mikey on his good knee, seemingly paying no attention to the two women.

She leaned over the counter and whispered, “And there he is this morning, sitting out on the porch in his underwear with a hard-on the size of a flagpole.”

“Oooo, is he cute?” Suze giggled. “Just how tall was this flagpole and what was he doing with it and why on the front porch? Enquiring minds want to know.” She wiggled her brows.

“It wasn’t like that. He slept out there with a couch pillow and a ratty old blanket.”

Suze looked confused. “Why’d he do that?”

“Haven’t you been listening to anything I’ve said?”

“Well, some, but you are talking a little fast.”

Lorelei huffed. “Suze, I don’t even know if the guy is who he says he is.”

“Dark curly hair, gray eyes, tall and skinny. Got a scar right here,” Hardy pointed to a spot where his shoulder met his chest, “where one of the Tolliver boys shot him with an arrow. I forget which one.” He grinned when the ladies blushed. “Don’t know about the flagpole, but that pretty much covers the rest of him. Course, times change.”

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Jacqueline RhoadesA New Englander by birth and an Ohioan by choice, Jacqueline, known as Jackie by her friends, makes her home in a small, rural town with one lovable husband, one spoiled dog and one disinterested cat. (The adjectives are often interchangeable). An avid reader from a very early age, Jackie has an eclectic taste for books and therefore has trouble naming a favorite genre or author, though she does admit that for pure personal fantasy and ‘take-me-away’ books, you just can’t beat a good romance.

Jackie believes in the beauty of all women and thinks most women don’t see themselves as they should (herself included). She tries to make the women in her books reflect the best of ‘average’ in a variety of shapes, sizes, personalities and backgrounds, and each is beautiful in her own way. Some of her heroes are movie star handsome, while others are not. All her characters are beautiful in the eyes of their lovers and that, to Jackie, is the most beautiful of all.

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Rabbit Creek Santa (A Wolvers Christmas Novella) by Jacqueline Rhoades-a review

Rabbit Creek Santa (The Wolvers) by Jacqueline Rhoades- a review

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Rabbit Creek Santa
The Wolvers Novella
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Genre: romance, paranormal
Release Date: November 28, 2013

Rabbit Creek Santa

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It’s Christmas!…

Things are going well in Rabbit Creek. Elizabeth has taken her duties as the Alpha’s Mate to heart and as the story opens, that heart is breaking for the loneliness and isolation of one of her pack. It’s Christmas Eve and no one should be lonely at Christmas.

Lindy doesn’t feel like she has much to celebrate. After two years of widowhood, she can barely make ends meet without the aid of her pack and while her inner wolf is ready to move on, Lindy isn’t sure she can let go of the past.

New to the pack, Travis had party plans for the Holidays, but he ends up playing Santa to a pretty little widow and her pup. She’s not what he was looking for, but she’s exactly what he wants and his inner wolf agrees. Now all he has to do is convince Lindy that Christmas gifts aren’t always the ones you find under the tree

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Wow, an amazingly warm and lovely story for the Christmas holidays! Rabbit Creek Santa takes us back to the small mountain town of Rabbit Creek where the wolver pack of Marshall Goodman and his Mate, Elizabeth are living and caring for their wonderful pack.

This is a really heartwarming story of a lonely wolver widow, Lindy, and her sweet “pup” or baby – Joey. Lindy’s mate Joe was killed in an auto accident two years prior, just after she had told him they were about to be parents. Part of Lindy loves that he knew before he died, and part of her wonders if knowing distracted him and got him killed. Isn’t that the way we usually do, always try to find a way to feel guilty for something we have no control over? But I digress.

As part of the Christmas duties, Elizabeth manages to get new comer to the pack, Travis Pike, to dress up as Santa and take some presents for Joey to Lindy’s cabin. All is great, except Joey screams instead of enjoying Santa, but Travis takes off the Santa stuff and charms Joey (or maybe it’s Joey that charms Travis). As the evening progresses Travis begins to understand that Lindy is the mate he and his wolf need, and Joey wants Travis as part of the family. However, convincing Lindy is quite another matter! She and her former mate were content, but not soul mates, but Lindy is having trouble moving on.

In the usual Rabbit Creek fashion the story unfolds with humor, frustration, and so much more than just a little attraction. Okay, that’s all the spoilers I’ll give out! You need to pick up a cool beverage (you’ll need it LOL), curl up and read this wonderful love story for yourself! It’s really true, not all presents are found under the tree! Enjoy, I really did! And Merry Christmas!

Reviewed by Georgianna

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Guardian’s Faith (Guardians of the Race #4) by Jacqueline Rhoades-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

Guardian’s Faith (Guardians of the Race #4) by Jacqueline Rhoades-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

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Guardian’s Faith
Guardians of the Race #4
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Release Date: November 10, 2013

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GUARDIAN’S FAITH (Guardians of the Race #4) by Jacqueline Rhoades

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 10, 2013

Physically and emotionally damaged by the horrors of her past, no one is more surprised than meek and silent Faith Parsons when she feels compelled to stow away in the van of the taciturn Liege Lord, Lucien ad Toussaint and travel to his House of Guardians in the faraway Southwest. She’s even more surprised when some of the local women see her as the one who will heal the 160 year old wounds that are destroying their way of life.

Lucien, too, is haunted by his past. He has withdrawn from the world around him and lives a reclusive and duty-bound life. He never expected that a tiny Daughter of Man could open the doors to a heart he’s kept closed for so long.

As the attraction between Faith and Lucien grows, the events of both their pasts begin to replay in the present. Must history repeat itself or can their future be changed?

REVIEW: GUARDIAN’S FAITH is the fourth instalment in Jacqueline Rhoades’s adult contemporary, paranormal Guardians of the Race series. The premise of the series focuses on the Guardians (descendants of the angel Gabriel) and the women they love. The women in the storyline are the Daughters of Man and the descendants of one of the original matings between angels and humans. GUARDIAN’S FAITH is Lucien and Faith’s storyline. Lucien is a Guardian who believes the old ways are best and Faith is the woman to bring him into the future and out of the past.

Faith Parsons is a Daughter of Man whose powers have yet to reach their full potential. Following months of horrific abuse at the hands of a demon, Faith is having a difficult time with her emotional recovery until the day Lucien ad Toussaint pays a visit to Canaan’s House of Guardians where she resides. What follows is a cross country escapade with two rambunctious trainees, a quiet Vigilante and the man who would steal her heart.

Guardian’s Faith focuses on Faith’s recovery and the re-building of Lucien’s House of Guardians. The reader is pulled into Lucien’s world of shape-shifters, demons and vampires; Guardians, family and betrayal; a village mired in secrets and old-world beliefs; and the vendetta of one family to take back their birthright.

The relationship between our leading couple is slow to build but one that will see both Lucien and Faith succumbed to the healing properties of friendship and love. Lucien has long hidden in the shadows and kept to himself but when Faith enters his life with her love of humor, a good joke and pizza, Lucien will find his frozen heart begins to melt. Love will open Lucien’s eyes and his heart to a possible future that involves both his present and his past.

Jacqueline Rhoades pushes the Guardians of the Race series in another direction by breathing life into Lucien’s House of Guardians and the re-establishing of a family home for future Guardians and their mates. We are introduced to several secondary characters including new trainees Adam and Lalo, the members of Lucien’s household and a village of people who are more than they appear to be.

Guardian’s Faith is a story of betrayal and loss; revenge and death; family and friends; healing and love. Jacqueline has written a wonderful and engaging series that will keep your attention from the very start-you will become one with the family of Guardians and Daughters of Man-and experience the emotional high and lows as Jacqueline’s storyline characters come to life on the pages of the Guardians of the Race series.

READING ORDER
Guardian’s Grace
Guardian’s Hope
Guardian’s Joy
Guardian’s Faith

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Hello Everyone! It’s really great to be here on the Reading Café posting as a guest.

I’m really excited about my release, Guardian’s Faith. It was a tough one to write because Faith is such a damaged character, both physically and emotionally. What she suffered couldn’t be fixed with a single kiss, not even from the luscious Lucien. I needed her growth and healing, which began in Guardian’s Joy, to be as realistic as possible within the realm of fiction, so I researched women who’d suffered similar trauma in the real world.

Wait a minute! I write paranormal romance, which is about as far from reality as you can get! Don’t you just make it up as you do along? Demon hunter? Shifters? Vampires? You can’t get much farther away from the real world than that, and yet…

If my world of the Paenitentia and the Daughters of Man were real, would the beings that populated it be so different from you and me? I don’t think so. They would still have hopes and dreams and feel pain and heartache. They wouldn’t be believable to you, the reader, if they didn’t.

Guardians of the Race

I know my high school teacher, who used the old adage, “Write what you know”, would be turning over in her grave, but if I wrote about only what I know, I wouldn’t have any readers. They all would have been bored to death a long time ago!

So if you don’t know something through your own life experiences what do you do? I suppose some lucky writers have the ability to write purely from their imaginations. I don’t. If I haven’t been there, done that, then I need to learn from the folks who have, before I can imagine what my character feels.

If I wanted my readers to understand Faith’s pain and perspective, I had to have some understanding of it first, so I read case studies and the writings of women who really had been there and had the fortitude to fight their way back. Did I use everything I learned? Of course not, nor was my portrayal entirely accurate, but I hope I gave my readers enough to feel an empathy for Faith.

The Alpha's ChoiceI did the same for the cubs in The Alpha’s Choice. They were secondary characters, but their personalities were based on those typical of children raised in abusive environments. I also researched wolf behavior as I built my wolver world. Pack behavior is different from human and since my wolvers carry the psyche of both inside them, inner conflicts can and do arise.

Is it all heavy duty research on the internet? No, some of it’s face to face. Personally, I have no idea what it’s like to be tall and willowy, or petite. The only way to find out is ask. I’ve talked to friends and yes, complete strangers about the oddest things. I stopped a biker to ask about his Harley. I asked his girlfriend about her leathers.

Research isn’t just about asking questions, either. Most writers are people watchers. We watch how they move, how they gesture when they speak. See that girl who twists her hair when she talks? Watch her face. Is she nervous or is she thinking? See that guy ahead of you in line at Motor Vehicles. He stands with his hands behind his back and feet a comfortable distance apart. Ex-military?

The internet is a huge boon to a writer, but not everything can be learned there. To a writer, everything is research. Everywhere we go, everyone we meet is research which we file away in the drawers of our minds. We try not to be obvious about it, but it’s always there.

So, now that you know, try not to act too self-conscious next time you have lunch with a writer, because they’ll probably file that away as research, too.

Jacqueline

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Jacqueline, known as Jackie to her friends, lives in rural southern Ohio with one lovable husband, one spoiled dog and one disinterested cat. She believes coffee is a food group and therefore necessary to survival. She always has a pot brewing. When not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in someone else’s book or working in her garden. She also spends a great deal of time chasing deer and rabbits who apparently also like gardening.
Jackie loves hearing from her readers and is always willing to chat. She can be reached through her website.

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Jacqueline is offering TWO giveaways for our members at The Reading Cafe.

FIRST PRIZE: One winner will receive a complete e-set of Guardians of the Race –Books 1-4

SECOND PRIZE: One winner will receive an ecopy of Guardian’s Faith.

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4. Giveaway is open Internationally.

5. Giveaway runs from November 19-23, 2013

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Cover Reveals-November 10, 2013

Cover Reveals-November 10, 2013

Sixth Grave on the Edge May 14

 

TITLE: Sixth Grave on the Edge

AUTHOR: Darynda Jones

SERIES: Charley Davidson #6

RELEAE DATE: May 2014

 

 

 

 

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TITLE: Rabbit Creek Santa

AUTHOR: Jacqueline Rhoades

SERIES: Wolvers

RELEASE DATE: December 2013

 

 

 

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TITLE: Fire Rising

AUTHOR: Donna Grant

SERIES: Dark Kings

RELEASE DATE: June 2014

 

 

 

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TITLE: A Beautiful Distraction

AUTHOR: Kelsie Leveritch

SERIES: Hard Feelings #2

RELEASE DATE: May 2014

 

 

 

Eternal Storm Sprin 2014

 

TITLE: Eternal Storm

AUTHOR: Laura Wright

SERIES: Mark of the Vampire

RELEASE DATE: Spring 2014

 

 

 

Rule Breaker Feb 14

 

TITLE: Rule Breaker

AUTHOR: Lora Leigh

SERIES: Breeds

RELEASE DATE: February 2014

 

 

 

Greek gods Aug 14

 

TITLE: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

AUTHOR: Rick Riordan

SERIES: Percy Jackson

RELEASE DATE: August 2014

 

 

 

Magic Breaks Aug 2014

 

TITLE: Magic Breaks

AUTHOR: Ilona Andrews

SERIES: Kate Daniels

RELEASE DATE: August 2014

 

 

 

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TITLE: Abandon

AUTHOR: Cassia Leo

SERIES: N/A

RELEASE DATE: January 2014

 

 

 

All the pretty lies Nov 13

 

TITLE: All the Pretty Lies

AUTHOR: M. Leighton

SERIES: N/A

RELEASE DATE: November 2013

 

 

 

Back to You Jan 14

 

TITLE: Back to You

AUTHOR: Jessica Scott

SERIES: Coming Home

RELEASE DATE: January 2014

 

 

 

Burning Dawn

 

TITLE: Burning Dawn

AUTHOR: Gena Showalter

SERIES: Angels of the Dark

RELEASE DATE: April 2014

 

 

 

One Bitten Twice Burned Apr 14

 

TITLE: Once Bitten, Twice Burned

AUTHOR: Cynthia Eden

SERIES: Phoenix Fire #2

RELEASE DATE: April 2014

 

 

 

Ice Queen

 

TITLE: Ice Queen

AUTHOR:  Jennifer Lynne

SERIES: Gods of Love #6

RELEASE DATE: Spring 2014

 

 

 

 

Demon of Envy

 

TITLE: Demon of Envy

AUTHOR: Jennifer Lynne

SERIES: Gods of Love #5

RELEASE DATE: Spring 2014

 

 

 

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TITLE: Burn for Me

AUTHOR: Shiloh Walker

SERIES: Secrets and Shadows

RELEASE DATE: April 2014

 

 

 

Visions Aug 14

 

TITLE: Visions

AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong

SERIES: Cainsville #2

RELEASE DATE: August 2014

 

 

 

The Immortal Crown May 14

 

TITLE: The Immortal Crown

AUTHOR: Richelle Mead

SERIES: Age of X

RELEASE DATE: May 2014

 

 

 

The Unforgiven May 14

 

TITLE: The Unforgiven

AUTHOR: Alyssa Day

SERIES: League of the Black Swan

RELEASE DATE: May 2014

 

 

 

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TITLE: Hell for Leather

AUTHOR: Julie Ann Walker

SERIES: Black Knights

RELEASE DATE: May 2014

 

 

 

Sweet Revenge Dec 13

 

TITLE: Sweet Revenge

AUTHOR: Rebecca Zanetti

SERIES: Nemesis Unlimited #1

RELEASE DATE: December 2013

 

 

 

The Professional Dec 13

 

TITLE: The Professional Part 1

AUTHOR: Kresley Cole

SERIES: The Game Maker Series

RELEASE DATE: December 2013

 

 

 

Branded June 14

 

TITLE: Branded

AUTHOR: Laura Wright

SERIES: Cavanaugh Brothers #1

RELEASE DATE: June 2014

 

 

 

Sinners at The Alter

 

TITLE: Sinners at the Altar

AUTHOR: Olivia Cunning

SERIES: Sinners on Tour Anthology

RELEASE DATE: November 2013

 

 

 

Vampire In Trouble July 2014

 

TITLE:  Vampire In Trouble

AUTHOR:  Sara Humphreys

SERIES: Dead in the City #2

RELEASE DATE: July 2014

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The Alpha’s Daughter (Wolver #3) by Jacqueline Rhoades-a review and giveaway

The Alpha’s Daughter (Wolver #3) by Jacqueline Rhoades-a review and giveaway

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The Alpha’s Daughter
Wolver #3
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Release Date:  July 1, 2013

The Alpha’s Daughter is book three of the “Wolver” series. All the books in this series are written as stand- alone, but I always love having the background and history inherent in reading a series start to finish. So if you haven’t read this series, you may want to pick them up.

This story begins with Jasmine “Jazz” Phillips traveling a lonely road in the Arkansas Mountains at night on her motorcycle, remembering the turn of events that led her here.

Jazz is the only child of Alpha wolver Bronson Phillips, a hard, power hungry, brutal man. He runs his pack in a way that promotes the more animalistic traits. Their businesses are mostly criminal and drug related, good money – but bad.

Jazz recently had a visit by the mysterious Mr. Begley, who informed her that her father was going to demand she mate the next powerful alpha he found to take over his pack. He then outlined a route for her to take to a pack where she could seek sanctuary in the Appalachian Mountains. She thought this would just not happen and almost threw the napkin with the route away – but didn’t. When a week later her father demanded that she mate for the good of his pack, she tried to protest, but was quickly beaten into submission for her efforts. Pretty much a prisoner in her own home, Jazz decided it would be better to escape than live a life she’d watched her mother live, abused and used as a tool for her mate.

This is a lot of background, but I’ve put it here all at once so you can get the feel for the life Jazz has come from…the book is well written with the background coming in interspersed with other events to keep the story informative, but incredibly entertaining.

The story comes to life when as Jazz stops for a rest in the town of Gilead, where she’s to meet a wolver by the name of Goodman who will assist her on her way; she’s attacked by three rogues at the bar/café where she stops. Trained to fight since a child, by “Uncle Moose”, she’s doing pretty well when a huge, hairy giant of wolver comes to her rescue.

Michael “Doc” Goodman is a doctor, an actual MD specializing in wolver medicine as well as human, who has left his old life behind to find some peace in helping the poor but wonderful pack in Gilead. The sparks and lightning that begins to fly when these two meet is wonderful to say the least. The great dialog that Ms. Rhoades puts into this tale is enthralling and exciting. I love great arguments and fun dialog and this book is simply filled with great conversations as well as some truly steamy love scenes!

Watching Jazz and Grizz (Jazz’s nickname for him) dance around each other and the situations that arise is not only entertaining, it’s compelling. This is a page-turner. So hard to put down, I just had to see what was going to happen. I fell in love with the pack in Gilead, wonderful people so well written you feel you have known them forever and they actually become your friends. Of the three books, so far, in this series; Alpha’s Daughter is definitely my favorite. I loved all of them, but this one is so rich in emotion, humor and life it’s in my top three books ever! And that’s a pretty big statement for me. I’m not going to do anymore spoilers, you just have to read and feel this wonderful story for yourself! Do yourself a favor, allow enough time for a great read and curl up with this one! Enjoy, I did!

The Wolvers

Reading Order
1. The Alpha’s Mate
2. The Alpha’s Choice
3. The Alpha’s Daughter

Reviewed by Georgianna S.

Copy supplied by the author.

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3. Giveaway is OPEN internationally.

4. Giveaway runs July 2 to July 5, 2013

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Cover Reveals-June 25, 2013

Cover Reveals-June 25, 2013

The Master Undone Aug 13

 

TITLE: The Master Undone

AUTHOR: Lisa Renee Jones

SERIES: Inside Out Novellas

RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2013

 

 

 

First Surrender

 

TITLE: First Surrender

AUTHOR: Katie Reus

SERIES: anthology

RELEASE DATE: 2013

 

 

 

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TITLE: Targeted

AUTHOR: Katie Reus

SERIES: Deadly Ops

RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2013

 

 

 

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TITLE: The Alpha’s Daughter

AUTHOR: Jacqueline Rhoades

SERIES: The Wolvers

RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2013

 

 

 

Born in Blood Dec 13

 

TITLE: Born in Blood

AUTHOR: Alexandra Ivy

SERIES: The Sentinels

RELEASE DATE: December 2013

 

 

 

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TITLE:  Murder of Crows

AUTHOR:  Anne Bishop

SERIES:  The Others

RELEASE DATE:  March 2014

 

 

 

Infinity Dec 13

 

TITLE: Infinity (Manga Graphic)

AUTHOR:  Sherrilyn Kenyon

SERIES:  Dark Hunter/CON

RELEASE DATE:  December 2013

 

 

 

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TITLE: The Weekend Proposition

AUTHOR: Ella Jade

SERIES: N/A

RELEASE DATE: September 2013

 

 

 

the Untamed MacKenzie Sept 13

 

TITLE: The Untamed MacKenzie

AUTHOR: Jennifer Ashley

SERIES: The MacKenzies

RELEASE DATE: September 2013

 

 

 

Wulfe Untamed Jan 14

 

TITLE: Wulfe Untamed

AUTHOR: Pamela Palmer

SERIES: Feral Warriors

RELEASE DATE: January 2014

 

 

 

If Forever Comes Sept 13

 

TITLE: If Forever Comes

AUTHOR: A.L.Jackson

SERIES: N/A

RELEASE DATE: September 2013

 

 

 

Into The Still Blue Jan 14

 

TITLE: Into The Still Blue

AUTHOR: Veronica Rossi

SERIES: Under The Never Sky #3

RELEASE DATE: January 2014

 

 

 

Darkness Splintered

 

TITLE: Darkness Splintered

AUTHOR: Keri Arthur

SERIES: Dark Angels

RELEASE DATE: November 2013

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