Posts Categorized: 3 out of 5

Nov 29
Book Review: Bethanne Strasser’s Letters From Home

Book Review: Bethanne Strasser’s Letters From Home

I’m a big fan of unrequited love and when I came across the synopsis to Bethany Strasser’s Letters from Home, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review it. Character development is difficult in a novella because you’re limited with what you can do and Stasser gives us strong characters. Lena is a doctor in the United States Army and likes to keep busy. She can come off a little too strong and at times I didn’t like her, but it’s easy to understand why she acts the way she does. Then we have Zack who missed his opportunity to tell Lena how feels! I liked Zack and he’s honorable. He’s had to make some tough decisions, but he’s made them and is ready to move on with his life…. Read more »

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Nov 28
Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Veronica Bane’s Mara is an intriguing tale about a group of misfits finding common ground and friendship amid social tensions in the town of Jericho. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but again, it’s a novella and you can’t go into in-depth character development otherwise you sacrifice other aspects such as narrative. Our main character is Mara who has the ability to control fire and comes from a troubled past. We get to meet her brother briefly and it’s pretty apparent they have a rocky relationship. Mara does not live with him and instead went to live in Jericho with her aunt and uncle. Then we have Miyuki who can control water and unlike Mara is just coming to terms with what she can do. Other characters can control… Read more »

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Nov 01
Blog Tour: Review-Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff

Blog Tour: Review-Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff

I just love the cover for Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff! It’s a perfect fit for a book set in Hollywood and about a screenwriter trying to catch a break. The writing is solid and narration is in third person. At times, Tinseltown Riff does read more like a screenplay rather than a novel and it can frustrate a reader because a scene will cut to a different set of characters and you’re left wondering where it is all going. Though, I will admit Frome has a talent to write as if you’re seeing a movie rather than reading a book. One can only hope Tinseltown Riff will one day be adapted and can be seen on screen. He also intermixes a bit of Spanish among a few character conversations. If… Read more »

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Oct 28
Book Review:  Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Book Review: Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Margaret “Peggy” Preston Fitzroy is in a pickle. She’s just rejected the marriage offer her uncle Pierpont arranged. Peggy has a reason for this decision and when she tries to explain it to her uncle he issues her an ultimatum: accept the suit or be thrown out of the house. Peggy’s fate was sealed the night she met her potential suitor, Sebastian Sanford. He’s intrigued at first especially after Peggy stands up to Lady Clarenda Newbank and Peggy is happy to have his approval. Their first meeting is going well until he attempts to force himself on her and she’s saved by a gentleman, Mr. Tinderflint. Peggy is grateful until he states his reason for seeking her out: he offers her a position in King George I’s court. Peggy declines,… Read more »

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Oct 10
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me is different from her Assassins series. It’s dark and will leave you physically ill. You might be asking why a three rating. First of all, Aleo has written about an abused woman before. In Empty Net, Audrey leaves an abusive relationship, but unlike Let it be Me, the abuse in Empty Net for the most part takes place in the background. I believe something like less than 15% of the novel actually depicts it. It was difficult to read Let it be Me where the abuse does make up over 70% of the plot. Character development is weak. I believe it’s because Let it be Me is told via Violet’s perspective and we aren’t given much back-story to either Rob or herself. My heart… Read more »

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Oct 08
Blog Tour: Review-Sandra Sookoo’s Marriage Minded Lord + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Review-Sandra Sookoo’s Marriage Minded Lord + Giveaway!

We’ve all heard the proverb, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Sandra Sookoo proves that in Marriage Minded Lord. Felix Darrington, Earl of Swandon can’t stop thinking about Lady Olivia’s French companion, Clarice, who happens to have a talent for cooking. Clarice dreams of a man who could love her and when Felix shows interest she’s quick to explain she’s not looking to become his mistress. While most men would walk away, Felix is willing to take the time to show her he wants her as his wife. They can’t deny the attraction, but when Lady Olivia notices the attention Felix is bestowing on her companion she quickly works to tear them apart. Character development is a bit weak. I really liked Felix. He’s just come… Read more »

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Oct 07
Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies is the second book in her Wildefire series. It’s not necessary to read the first, Midnight Secrets in order to enjoy Midnight Lies. Grace does touch upon a few events that occurred in Secrets, but I don’t see them as spoilers. Samantha Wilde and Quinn Braddock can’t keep their hands off each other and sparks flew the moment they made eye contact. For Samantha the relationship with the ER doctor works just fine because she often works odd hours due to her job as a police officer. Quinn can’t believe he’s found a woman worthy and one that makes him believe in love. Quinn receives a call from his ex-wife and he loathes her calls, but when she mentions she’s willing to give him an item… Read more »

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Oct 04
Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 is the continuation to her first book, How to Catch Butterflies. In this situation, it is necessary to read the first since Fontien doesn’t give you much background information regarding characters and situations that occurred in the first novel. Full disclosure: she did offer the opportunity to read the first book and if I had the time, I would have taken up the offer; however, having a very full review plate, I couldn’t. Either way, I often like to pick up books after the first to see if it is necessary to read the first in a series. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but then again I believe this has to do with it being the second book and not… Read more »

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Oct 03
Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Short stories are difficult to review without going into extensive detail and revealing the plot. Martin is doing great and has everything he could hope for. He’s a big fan of playing games and doesn’t think twice accepting an invite to play a game version similar to Scrabble with a stranger. When VN76 begins to play, Martin is smug and knows he can easily beat them. The next day he goes about his normal business until he begins having one of those days. You know the type, where one thing goes wrong and suddenly everything goes downhill. When his dog goes missing, he goes home only to realize there’s more to VN76’s word play and begins to frantically find out their identity before it is too late. Overall, I liked… Read more »

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Sep 27
Book Review: Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire + Giveaway

Book Review: Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire + Giveaway

When I first read the synopsis for Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it because it sounded like a really fun read. While Vaughn does deliver on humor, the romance aspect between Cerise and William was a bit underdeveloped. Cerise Norrell is a substitute school teacher by day and a Domme by night. Unable to find a sub worthy of her and her expectations, she offers trial periods to potential candidates. No one seems to interest her or able to meet her demands, but then out of nowhere William Gentry appears and he’s ready to submit. Together Cerise and William embark on a test period to see if they’ll be a match. William surprises Cerise by meeting her demands and oftentimes… Read more »

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Sep 24
Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

I know a few readers will be turned off when they read the synopsis about Lexie sleeping with her stepbrother. Most will view it as a taboo subject, but in reality it does happen. I knew a girl in high school who fell in love with hers although they didn’t grow up together. When I read the synopsis for Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far, I was intrigued. When the opportunity came to review it for a blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Narration is first person via Lexie and we get to experience Rome through her. She’s a good narrator and I often felt as if I were in Rome with her experiencing the food, sights, and smells. If you’ve visited Rome, you’ll easy fall into place… Read more »

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Sep 10
Book Review: Liz DeJesus’ First Frost

Book Review: Liz DeJesus’ First Frost

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost can’t wait to graduate high school and move on with her life. She works at the fairy tale museum run by parents and is the only employee since her parents refuse to hire outside help. She tries to make the best out of the situation and grudgingly assists her mother when needed. One night she returns home to find her mother battling a witch. She watches in awe as her mother conjures up fire and sends a ball of light towards Lenore. Afterwards her mother tells Bianca the family secret: they are descendants of Snow White. Bianca accepts her heritage and begins to train with her mother on how to use her own magic. Everything seems to be going well until Lenore comes back and kidnaps Bianca’s… Read more »

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