June Book Reviews! @Sandra_Cox @edenbaylee @dehauthor @JacqBiggar

The Player (Men of WarHawks Book 2)

by Jacquie Biggar

“The Player” is the second book in the WarHawks series which focuses on hockey players. I loved the first book and felt the same way about this one. Roy has an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go, which ends up getting Roy benched. Patience’s job is to salvage his reputation and get him back on the ice in time for the playoffs. I love these two working together and their obvious chemistry. All the little details like Patience’s strong family ties, including her protective brothers, a stray cat, and Patience love of shoes, really drew me into the story. Not only is there humor and a budding romance, but it also deals with more serious subjects like mental illness. This can be read as a standalone, but it’s nice to be familiar with the WarHawks team. A well-written romance with that happily ever after that I enjoy and highly recommend!  Five-Stars


by Sandra Cox

“Akasha” is the second book of the Cats of Catarau Series. Akasha and two of her kittens die in a storm and end up in cat heaven or Catarau. One of her kittens is left behind, calling for her mother. Akasha finds a way back to earth, but her journey is riddled with obstacles.  I was glad to see a cat from the first book make an appearance, but my favorite cat was Bo. The relationship between Bo and Akasha was endearing.  There is a lesson that everything happens for a reason, even if it makes little sense at the time. This is a sweet and somewhat sad story for cat lovers with a happy ending. Five-Stars

Spirit of the Book

by D.E. Howard

“Spirit of the Book” is a YA tale about a young woman starting her life. An uncaring alcoholic mother raised Ellie, and the moment she could escape that life she did. It drew me in by how determined Ellie was as she quickly found herself a place to live and a job. Here Ellie makes over the shabby apartment, which is where she finds an unusual book. I love where the story goes from this point. What comes out of the book is my favorite part. The two timelines gave me better insight into the book’s story. Watching Ellie’s growth and doing what was right was the inspiring part of the magic. A great read that made my inner child happy at the end. Five-Stars

Stranger at Sunset

by Eden Baylee

“Stranger at Sunset” is a psychological mystery set at a Jamaican resort. Kate is a psychiatrist who heads to Jamaica to help her friends after a critical review hurts their business. Matthew is the reviewer who is invited back with the hope he rethinks his opinion of the place. The story is told through several points of view, and the scenery is brought to life almost sensually. I was surprised at the twists the story took and can honestly say there was an event I’ve never seen done that way. Although I might have suspected what was going on, I still couldn’t have predicted the outcome. Other storylines and characters added layers to this. Ms. Baylee has a way of getting into her character’s heads. I appreciated some of the little details, like how Kate would take the first three letters of a person’s name and come up with three words that fit their personality.  This was Ms. Baylee’s first novel in this genre. I haven’t read Ms. Baylee’s erotica, but I felt she brought a unique touch to this story I found entertaining. I will be reading more psychological mystery or thrillers from this author. Five-Stars

Mateo’s Law 

by Sandra Cox

“Mateo’s Law” is an exciting paranormal, western romance that I read in two sittings. It is set in a small town in Montana, where Blair moved to join the force as a deputy. She is in a long-distance relationship but is attracted to the sheriff, Mateo. When something attacks a town resident, they investigate it together, but Blair is unaware of Mateo’s secret of being a shapeshifter. I love it when Mateo is in his alternative form, and I felt his freedom. The scenery is lush and the town a place I’d want to call home. Blair and Mateo have great chemistry, conversations, and working relationship. I was definitely rooting for Blair and Mateo and hope more stories are coming with these characters. If you love a paranormal page-turning romance, you won’t want to miss this! Five-Stars

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews. If I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it. It doesn’t feel right leaving a review in that case, but I have been known to email the author:) Life is too short not to enjoy every book you read!


  1. There will be no blog next Sunday as I am on vacation celebrating my 37th wedding anniversary this week:)
  2. I’ll be silent on social media, except maybe a picture or two on Instagram if we are able to explore on this vacation.
  3. I will be posting “Books That Changed Me” Summer Edition on June 20th! These are books I’ve read and have stayed with me. It’s hard to pick, I’ve been reading a lot of outstanding books.
  4. The Monthly Newsletter goes out June 20th too. I always thank those who read my books, offer a glimpse into my current work, and there’s an Amazon gift card giveaway. I also really love hearing from everyone:)

Embrace your inner child by reading a good book and embrace the soul of each person you meet! D. L. Finn

44 thoughts on “June Book Reviews! @Sandra_Cox @edenbaylee @dehauthor @JacqBiggar”

  1. What great reviews, Denise. Congrats to Jacquie, Sandra, D.E., and Ellen! ♥

    1. Thank you, Miriam:) We are enjoying our week so far by visiting favorite local nature spots. Jacquie knows how to do a HEA I agree, and right now that’s all I want to read.

    1. Thanks, Robbie:) It was a great reading month. This is a much needed break and will be a celebration too.

    1. Thank you, Harmony:)
      Yes these were all great reads, I had to put a couple of books down I couldn’t get into and lucky to pick these up in their place! Of course I went with a couple of favorite authors.

    1. Thanks, Joan;) Happy 36th Wedding Anniversary! Hope you are enjoying your day. Xo

  2. First of all, Happy Anniversary!! 37 years is amazing and I hope you have 37 more! Great reviews! I’ve always wanted to read one of Jacquie’s books and the WarHawks series sounds like a fun place to start.

    1. Thank you, Jan:) More years would be a huge blessing. I was drawn to this series by Jacquie because I’m a hockey fan but the stories are good though even if you aren’t.

    1. Happy to share your wonderful reads here, Sandra:) Thank you, I believe its going to be a great week. Sending lots of hugs.

  3. A great collection of books. I’ve read The Player by Jacquie Biggar, and Spirit of the Book by D.E. Howard. I also read the first novel in the Cats of Catarau series by Sandra Cox. All are excellent reads stories.

    Congratulations to all of the authors featured here, and a HUGE congrats on your wedding anniversary. Have a wonderful time away!

    1. They were a great collection to read for me, I needed a bit of lift and got it for the most part! You can never go wrong with a cat book. Thank you, Mae xo :).

  4. First of all, Denise, I’d like to congratulate you on the upcoming 37th wedding anniversary! In regards to your reviews, I’ve read and enjoyed, Spirit of The Book. The two that interest me are Mateo’s Law and Stranger at Sunset. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Happy belated anniversary, Denise! It’s our 36th tomorrow.
    Thank you so much for the wonderful review on The Player, I thought these two were fun together 🙂
    I hope you had fun on your mini-vacation!

  6. Thank you, Jacquie:) Happy 36th Wedding Anniversary! Yes, I agree those two were great together.

  7. Thanks for the lovely reviews, Denise. I’m going to read DE HOWARD’S “Spirit of the Book” soon. I like the plot line. I hope you and hubby have a great vacation and enjoy your 37th. Kind regards, Maretha

  8. I’ve been in a Covid fog! Thank you so much for this Denise. Your review is greatly appreciated, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a kind person. I’m sorry it took me this long to discover your excellent review. Thinking of you at this difficult time and hope you have a great weekend. xo

    1. Thank you, Eden 😉 So many I talk to are feeling the mind fog, myself included. Sending lots of hugs and hope your weekend is fantastic.

    1. Hi Vashti 🙂 It was a varied group of books. I’m sure you will enjoy your Kindle reads xo

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