Posts Categorized: 4 out of 5

Oct 11
Book Review: Seduced by the Game (Anthology)

Book Review: Seduced by the Game (Anthology)

What do ice skates and sticks have in common? Hockey! Welcome to the fastest game on Earth (and dare I say, the best sport?). Anthologies are often difficult to review because you’re reading more than one novella and there’s always one or two that you enjoy the most. I’m going to review Seduced by the Game a little differently from my usual style and give you five reasons you should purchase a copy! Please note: while I was given a copy for review, I’ve purchased a copy to support “Hockey Fights Cancer.” Before I get to my list, here’s a look at the novellas featured in Seduced by the Game. You can read a Catherine Gayle excerpt and enter the giveaway here! “Tangled in the Laces” by Toni Aleo (Website… Read more »

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Sep 29
Book Review: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

Book Review: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

I’ll be truthful, I read Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence back in March and this review sadly has been sitting unfinished. Recently Dashofy hit USA Today’s best sellers list and I wanted you to know about her Zoe Chambers series. Plus, I really enjoyed Circle of Influence. We have good character development. Our main character is Zoe Chambers, an EMT who likes to ride horses. She’s tough and can easily hold her own in any situation. Zoe is also very loyal to her friends and she’s the type of person who will drop everything to be there in someone’s time of need. Then we have the ever so yummy head of police, Pete Adams! You’ll love him and understand his frustration at Zoe when she gets involved in investigating. There’s… Read more »

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Sep 22
Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Last May, I read and reviewed Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence and it became one of my favorite reads of 2013. When Peterson asked if I’d review My Life in a Nutshell, I couldn’t say no because she has a talent for writing characters struggling with a mental illness and making the reader understand their inner turmoil. We have good character development. Our main character is Brian Cunningham, a brilliant man who is a school janitor and suffers from anxiety. You’ll easily come to love him and your heart breaks when he’s put in certain situations he has no interest in. Then we have an adorable girl named Abigail Harris who unfortunately hasn’t had the best life. She suffers from abandonment issues and easily attaches to herself people and… Read more »

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Sep 15
Blog Tour: Review-Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires + Giveaway

I admit that the only reason I wanted to read Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires was mostly due to the cover! I mean it’s drool worthy and made me want to just pet the cover while saying, “my precious.” When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance since it meant spending more time drooling over the cover! We have good character development. Delphine St. James is beautiful and charming, but it’s all a façade. When she’s out in society, she plays the part as expected, but she’s tired of it. I liked Delphine because she’s not afraid to sit around and wait for things to happen. She’s interested in taking an active role and finds a purpose after the Battle… Read more »

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Sep 03
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Dip

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Dip

When in doubt, blame David…er Davis. Davis Way is back and this time in Double Dip she might be in over her head. If you haven’t read the first book, Double Whammy, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Double Dip. Gretchen Archer does a good job describing past events and gives a clear picture as to who’s who in terms of reoccurring characters. We have good character development and this important because it’s the second book in the series. Archer continues to develop her characters and we get to know them better. I’d like to say there’s more to Davis Way, but no she’s still the same. I love getting in her head with regards to nicknames and her reasoning for giving them. It just cracks… Read more »

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Aug 19
Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

I’ve made no secret of my love for Chelsea Cain and her Archie & Gretchen series. When I heard she was going to put Archie & Gretchen to the side to focus on a new series, I admit, I was heartbroken. No Archie and the gang for another year or two? Ack, my heart couldn’t take it! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read One Kick, but hey, if I love Cain’s writing then she couldn’t disappoint. Right? As far as characterization, it’s a bit weak but keep in mind this is a series and no doubt the main characters will be fleshed out as it continues. Kathleen “Kit” Lannigan was kidnapped as a child and her rescue made headlines. She’s an unlikely heroine in that she… Read more »

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Aug 11
Book Review: Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook

Book Review: Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook

Imagine for a moment that there was more to the story of your favorite childhood book and more than one side to the tale? Welcome to Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook, where the infamous Captain Hook is doomed to spend eternity in Neverland and forced to relive his death. We have good character development, though Jensen does focus a lot on Hook’s character. It makes sense since this is his story. Meet Captain James Benjamin Hookbridge, an educated privateer and the son of gentleman. His father wants him to marry, but Hook wants to do things on his own terms. I won’t go into detail regarding what’s expected of Hook because I want you to meet him and get to know him as I did. Then there’s Stella Parrish, who may… Read more »

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Aug 02
Blog Tour: Review-Lauren Layne’s Only with You + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lauren Layne’s Only with You + Giveaway

Lauren Layne is an author I’ve wanted to read ever since I won a copy of After the Kiss, but haven’t had the chance to do so. When I read the synopsis to Only with You, I knew I had to read it and when the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance! We have really good character development. Sophie Dalton is relatable and likeable. She’s always done what was expected of her, but she’s a free spirit. I liked that she’s up for a challenge and isn’t one to give up easily. As for Grayson Wyatt, I adored his personality! Some might accuse of him of being stiff and formal, but he follows a particular protocol; he knows there are boundaries at… Read more »

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Jul 28
Book Review: Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger

Book Review: Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger

I’ve always wanted to read Wendy Corsi Staub’s books and when the opportunity came to review her upcoming release, The Perfect Stranger, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! After reading The Perfect Stranger, you look at the internet a little differently. As for characterization, we have a several characters that play a vital role. Just a quick note: if you’re the type that needs to focus on two or three characters in order to fully follow a story, you might want to proceed with caution since the amount of characters Staub introduces might overwhelm you. Take your time reading the first couple of chapters in order to get acquainted with everyone. Now, I’d say Landry is the most important character since she’s the one who initiates contact regarding attending Meredith’s… Read more »

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Jun 02
Book Review: Rainbow Rowell’s Landline

Book Review: Rainbow Rowell’s Landline

Rainbow Rowell’s Landline was just a delight to read! I’ve been in a strange reading funk and devoured this book in a few days. While I could have read it in one sitting, I decided to get lost and really enjoy it. This is my second Rowell book and it won’t be my last! I enjoyed Eleanor and Park and I’ve had some trepidation picking up Fangirl, but since reading Landline I know not to fear anything. We have great character development. Georgie is a hardworking mother of two girls who dreams of having her own successful show. When a lifetime opportunity lands on her lap, she has to make the painful decision of work or her family. I liked really Georgie and believe any female reader will be able… Read more »

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Apr 08
Book Review: Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden

Book Review: Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden

Catherine McKenzie is well known for writing about life and the complexity of relationships. Hidden is her fourth novel and it’s a complex story about a man and the two women in his life who struggle in the aftermath of his death. We have good character development. Despite having three main protagonists (and even one that dies early on), we get to know each of them well enough. Jeff is an accountant who returns to live in his hometown after college. He loves golf and in many ways comes off as carefree. His wife, Claire, is a lawyer turned daycare owner and while we don’t get to really know her, we do get enough to form an idea of who she is. I really liked Claire and despite a few… Read more »

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Apr 01
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin

LynDee Walker’s Small Town Spin is the third book in the Headlines in High Heels series. If you haven’t read the series before it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Small Town Spin. Walker does give us a bit of background information that occurs in the first two books, but nothing that I would consider a spoiler. What I really enjoyed about Small Town Spin was how different it read from the previous two full length novels. Walker gets personal with Nichelle and here we are given more than a passing glance at Nichelle’s life outside the newsroom. It’s no secret that I adore Joey and Joey fans will rejoice every time he makes an appearance. I just love how Walker makes us blush, laugh, and squeal… Read more »

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