Book Review K2 Team Series by Sandra Owens

I think I’ve mentioned before that I love to read. I would rather spend my downtime reading than watching TV. When waiting for an appointment, I read. When waiting for my kid, I read. Reading is my personal form of entertainment.

That being said, I am not all that fussy about what I read. Sort of like my taste in music, my taste in reading is quite eclectic.

I do have a confession to make though. In romance novels, I tend to skim the sex scenes. They just aren’t for me. Unfortunately, most recent romance novels have at least one detailed scene in them.

So as I will review some books, (at least one a week), keep this in mind. I will tell you if it had scenes that I skimmed, but no details on them.

I rate books on the following scale:

1–“I can’t finish it”

2–“There’s nothing else to read”

3–“I liked it”

4–“I look forward to getting back to it”

5–“I can’t put it down”

This past week, I read a series. It is available through Amazon Kindle Unlimited and there are 5 books in the series. I don’t know if the author intends any additional books.

The series is called K2 Team, and the author is Sandra Owens. This is my first time reading books by Sandra Owens.

K2 Security was founded by a formal seal, and all the books focus on his formal seal team who work for him.

In book one, “Crazy for Her”, Logan is called to help the wife (Dani) of his deceased best friend who was killed while on a mission in Afghanistan. Of course, this is a romance novel, so we learn that Logan is in love Dani and had been since meeting her. Logan has issues and so does Dani and they have to work through the issues while keeping Dani safe from a stalker in order to find love.

It is sweet and funny but has enough action to keep me interested. I found the plot twist slightly predictable, but that is not unusual for me.

I would classify the sexual content in this book as mild/moderate. There are some heavy scenes, but the book is focused on finding Dani’s stalker while she and  Logan find love that thought was impossible.

Some strong language, and if you isolate yourself from language, violence and sexual content in media, this is NOT the book for you. However, if you watch modern day television, there should be nothing shocking in it.

I found that plot was strong enough to keep me interested in all 5 books.

I would rate it as “I look forward to getting back to it”.

There were some grammar and spelling errors, but they can be forgiven as it is impossible to write without them. I have read academic books with more errors. (I shudder to think of the error I will find when I come back and read this later!)

I enjoyed these books and I will keep my eye out for other books by this author. I would recommend her to any romance reader.

These books and more can be found on Amazon, and are part of the Kindle Unlimited selection. As I’ve mentioned before, I love Kindle Unlimited and would recommend it to any book lover. You can try it free for 30 days. (Note, this is an affiliate link–see disclaimer–currently, and funds raised on this site will be used for Aleesha’s schooling. Stay tuned for a post about her acceptance to NYU’s pre-college program this summer.)

Book review Sandra Owens Kindle Unlimited
The five books in the series in my Kindle library
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Homemade Pico de Gallo Organic Blue Chips

Beak of the Rooster??? (Pico de Gallo, Yum!)

*This post is by both Aleesha and Sharlene*

One of the hardest things about healthy eating for both us has been finding healthy condiment options. Even things that seem “healthy” are often loaded with sugars and preservatives neither of us need. One of our favorite snacks has always been chips and salsa, and while we try to limit our grains, sometimes we just crave the comfort of a well remembered snack.

In the past, Shar never liked Pico de Gallo because she is not a huge cilantro fan, but Aleesha has always liked it. We decided to try and make our own awhile back and the results were a two thumbs up for both of us. We actually read the ingredients off the back of a store bough package to see if there were any surprise ingredients (there really weren’t) and just went for it.

For this recipe we used:

-2 Ripe Roma Tomatoes

-2 Tbs Chopped Onion (we used red onion)

-1 Tbs Chopped, Fresh Cilantro (you could use more to taste)

-1 Fresh Jalapeno Pepper, Finely Chopped

-1 Clove Garlic Minced or Finely Chopped

The Juice of One Lime

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chill Powder(optional) to taste.

Put it all together and you can eat it right away or let it sit and it is even better! We used a lot of lime juice because we wanted the chili/lime flavor. You might want to use less depending on your tastes.

Homemade Pico de Gallo Healthy snack
Homemade Pico de Gallo, quick, easy and so good! Photo-Sharlene

For chips, we are so lucky to have a local business called Whole Grain Milling Company . They grow and make organic grains within a 20 mile radius of our home. In fact, the chips themselves are cooked about 1/2 mile from our front door! They are honestly the best corn chips we’ve ever had. With Shar’s difficulty digesting grains, if we are going to eat corn, we would rather have locally grown organic. All of their products are top notch though, so if you get a chance, definitely try them!

We also use Pico de Gallo for tacos and salads now, but nothing beats eating it with chips. (I found this great article on Whole Grain Milling Company. Aren’t you jealous now?)

Whole Grain Milling Company Blue Organic Corn Chips
We don’t eat grains very often, but sometimes, you just want corn chips! We are lucky and have organic chips made locally! They are the only ones we eat. Photo-Sharlene

Fun Fact: Did you know that Pico de Gallo is translated as “Beak of the Rooster”? Not sure where that came from, but I can never make it without thinking about it.

Give this recipe a try and tell us what you think! We have heard some people add cumin or hotter peppers, or even a splash of vinegar. Have fun with it and mix it up!

Review: Digital Reflection Panel (ongoing)

I wanted to do a running review of the Digital Reflection Panel. (I will update as I go on this post). You may have seen this on other blogs or on social media. I actually came across this from a Facebook post by The Penny Hoarder (https://www.facebook.com/thepennyhoarder/?ref=br_rs is the link to their FB page if you are interested).

The idea is, you sign up on their website and they send you this little box. You hook it up to your wireless router and allow the company to track your internet usage. In exchange for allowing them to gather information on your internet habits, they will pay you via rewards like gift cards. They reward you $20 for installing the box, with a $5 bonus for doing it within 4 days. You then get $10 a month to keep plugged in and to update once a month.

It isn’t a big payday, but I thought it would be worth trying. The sign up process was straight forward. A few questions and my box was on it’s way. I got an email on Wednesday that it would be delivered, but it didn’t come until Thursday. I think that it was one of those packages that UPS drops off at the post office then the mail man brings it the next day, but I’m not sure since I didn’t see who left it at my door.

Installation was simple. They provided all the necessary cords and even color code where to plug each in. It took about 30 seconds after the unboxing to hook it up. They emailed a link on Wednesday to set it up them. That was as simple as clicking the link, there was nothing to download or anything.

I did have to reboot the router right after plugging it in because WiFi was not working on our phones, but since then I have not noticed any difference in my service. I will update in a month to let you know if I noticed any slowing speeds and how the first update went.