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Ripped Apart by Miriam Minger

Title:  Ripped Apart
Author:  Miriam Minger
Publisher & Date:  June 21st 2011 by Walker Publishing
Series:  No
Format:  Kindle Edition

Unspeakable tragedy and cold-blooded murder conspire against Clare Carson when her six-year-old son is kidnapped after a heart transplant and his abductors want her dead. A dying cop’s last words lead her to former Special Ops Jake Wyatt, who helps her discover the horrific truth behind her son’s abduction and offers to help her get Tyler back. With nowhere else to turn, Clare entrusts her life to Jake not knowing he has a deadly agenda of his own that could destroy them.


First let me say that this type of book is not my usual read, but I decided to give it a try.  I am not at all disappointed with this book. It is well written, action packed and pulls at the heart strings. The story is about a mother who has a son with a bad heart and without a transplant, he will die. There is a tragic accident involving students on a bus, and 2 little boys lose their lives. Of course the family of one little boy that dies donates his heart and the little boy (Tyler) that needs the heart gets it. This is when the action and more tragedy starts.

One of the little boys killed in the accident is accidentally mistaken for the other, and the wrong child’s heart is taken in the confusion. The parents of the boy that heart that was donated by accident are heart broken and furious that their son was cut open and his heart given to another. The father of the little boy happens to be a drug lord in Mexico, and the mother demands her husband get her son back, even though he is dead.

Tyler is kidnapped by the drug lord father of the little boy who’s heart he now has. He is taken to Mexico and this sets off a chain of events that carry on through the rest of the book. Tyler’s mother desperately wants her son back, so she goes to Mexico to search for her him, and she is NOT going to leave without him.

I am going to stop there because I don’t want to give away anymore of the story. This was a GREAT read and I am glad that I did not pass it up. I will be looking at more books from this author.

Happy Reading!


*I received this book free in exchange for my honest review of the book, and I was not compensated in any way.

Highland Shifter by Catherine Bybee (MacCoinnich Time Travels, Book 4)

Title:  Highland Shifter
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Publisher & Date: 
February 5th 2012 by Catherine Bybee
MacCoinnich Time Travels Book 4
Pages:  295
Format: Kindle Edition

Helen Adams has a knack for finding lost objects, but the Simon McAllister she finds isn’t what she expected. The missing California teen is now a grown man—a kilted, sword wielding, Highland warrior.

A mysterious Druid book and Helen’s sixth sense send her to Scotland in search of a missing boy. After being attacked by strange men dressed in medieval garb, a handsome, desirable hero answering to the boy’s name rescues her. No one is more surprised than she to find herself in sixteenth century Scotland. Unable to deny the reality of time travel, Helen discovers smoldering passion with a man destined to leave her.

Simon has lived his Druid life in two very different worlds, two vastly different times, and when Helen practically lands in his lap, he knows his life is about to change forever. There are enemies in California lying in wait for her, and an army in Scotland closing in on his family. Simon is the only person who can protect her. But when she learns his most guarded secret, will she still want him? Can Helen love a Highland Shifter?


Highland Shifter is the first book that I have read by Catherine Bybee, and I enjoyed it. This book kept me entertained and held my attention. I enjoy reading time travel historical romances, so I decided to give this one a try!  Simon, the hero in the book is a Druid and can change forms at will. It does help that is a gentleman, sexy, a highlander and from Scotland (which I wish to visit one day).  The heroine is stubborn, compassionate and falls in love with Simon (the hunky Druid).   Helen is from the 21st century and she travels back to 15th century Scotland, where she meets Simon.  Helen and Simon work together to find out who is trying to destroy his family and where Helen fits into it all.

There were a few things in the book that were a little unbelievable to me though.  Like the hero changing into a wolf (which we have heard of the legends of werewolves), which I accepted (but don’t believe).  He also can change into a falcon, but when he said he could change into a shark I rolled my eyes.  Who wants the hero to turn into a shark?  Ms Bybee should have left the shark bit out of the story.  I don’t believe in time travel either, but the thought is exciting!  Even after the shark deal I kept reading (yes I did).

This story was full of love, family, mystery and a little magic.  It also has a few twist and turns that kept me interested.  I usually prefer the heroine to be feisty and the hero to be a little harder to get.  I also like a little more conflict, but all in all this was a fun read that held my attention right up to the very end.

Happy Reading!

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