Posts Categorized: 4 out of 5

Mar 24
Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch + Giveaway

Paula Brackston is a new author to me and I admit I’ve never heard of her before. When I received an ARC for The Midnight Witch, I was intrigued and part of that has to do with the gorgeous cover (and the hardback is even more beautiful in person!). I had planned to read Brackston’s backlist starting with The Witch’s Daughter before starting The Midnight Witch so I could become familiar with Brackston’s writing, but decided to delve right in. If you’ve never read Brackston’s books it’s not necessary to do in order to enjoy The Midnight Witch. Brackston does a great job explaining terms such as necromancer and other terms related to the paranormal and being unfamiliar with aspects of the paranormal won’t hinder your reading experience. We have… Read more »

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Mar 20
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ Three Weeks with Lady X + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ Three Weeks with Lady X + Giveaway

Eloisa James is one of those authors who are hit or miss for me. I loved, loved, loved meeting Leopold Dautry, the Duke of Villiers in James’ Desperate Duchesses series and when I heard his illegitimate son, Tobias, was getting a book, I couldn’t resist the temptation to read it! Ah, Three Weeks with Lady X was everything I wanted! If you’ve never read James’ Desperate Duchesses series it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Three Weeks with Lady X. There are no spoilers and you can even go back to read Leopold’s story, A Duke of Her Own, and not miss anything since both are good standalones. We have good characterization and James does a great job letting us spend an equal amount of time with… Read more »

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Mar 10
Book Review: Kate Meader’s All Fired Up

Book Review: Kate Meader’s All Fired Up

I have a confession; I’ve been eying Kate Meader’s Feel the Heat, but haven’t had the chance to read it. When the opportunity came to review All Fired Up, I couldn’t pass up the chance. All Fired Up is the second book in Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series. If you haven’t read the first in the series, Feel the Heat, it is not necessary to do so in order to enjoy All Fired Up. Meader does give us a bit of backstory but I wouldn’t consider them spoilers. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas and for Cara DeLuca life is just about to get complicated. Meeting Shane Doyle at her cousin’s co-bachelor / bachelorette party doesn’t mean anything to Cara. When she wakes up the next day,… Read more »

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Feb 21
Blog Tour: Review-Christina Lee’s Before You Break + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Christina Lee’s Before You Break + Giveaway

I enjoyed Christina Lee’s All of You and when asked to participate in the blog tour for Before You Break I didn’t think twice. Before You Break is a heartbreaking journey and one where two people will unknowingly save one another. We have good character development. Even though we first meet Ella Abrams in Lee’s All of You, it was a real treat getting to know her in Before You Break. Ella wants to make a difference and is a psychology major. She also volunteers at a suicide hotline and comes from a large loving family. It’s very easy to see why Ella has such good friends and you’ll even want to be her friend. Daniel “Quinn” is a star baseball player living in the shadows of his past. Everything… Read more »

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Feb 12
Book Review: Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to Be Alone

Book Review: Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to Be Alone

I’m finding it difficult to review this wonderful little gem of a book, but here goes. Based on the YouTube video, Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to be Alone is a perfect companion to the video as well as an inspiring guidebook for anyone. If you’ve seen the video you know it’s profound and makes you comfortable with being by yourself. In the book, they’ve extended parts of Davis’ How to Be Alone to be more solitary. In a way, the single images illustrated by Dorfman lets you take a moment to take in Davis’ message. You can spend your time reflecting what she’s trying to convey and gives you the ability to envision how you can apply it to your life. The illustrations are vivid and powerful. What… Read more »

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Feb 10
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me

Amy Maurer Jones’ A Zebra Like Me is a touching story about a teenage girl suffering from a rare disorder and discovering how precious friendships can be. Maybelle Dawson is your typical teenager with one exception. She suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder that affects the body and can cause chronic pain and fatigue. Her grandmother doesn’t believe Maybelle and her symptoms. While Maybelle’s friends are mostly hers because of her cousin, she longs for her own freedom. Maybelle is about to get her wish and when a mysterious good looking boy moves to town, he shows her how awesome life can be and not to be afraid to try new things. We have good character development. Maybelle is our main character and through her we get to know everyone… Read more »

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Feb 04
Blog Tour: Review- Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple Seeds + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review- Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple Seeds + Giveaway

Originally published in German, Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple of Seeds is a beautiful coming of age story where the secrets of the past are revealed and one woman grapples with what could have been. As for characterization, Hagena does a great job introducing us to a wide array of characters who play a vital role. Our primary character is Iris and she inherits a house she doesn’t want. Iris is very quiet and innocent. During her childhood flashbacks, we get to experience her naivety and her attempt to seem worldly to her friends. I liked getting to know Iris and hated the position she was put in. We then have Max who Iris calls the wimp and he’s a bit withdrawn, but as the story progresses we get… Read more »

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Jan 07
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Unemployed former police officer Davis Way is down on her luck when she gets a job too good to be true. Working undercover in a Biloxi casino Davis is given a set of instructions and that’s to figure out how a particular slot machine is won. At first Davis grudgingly takes on the job, but the further she digs the more she finds that some things just don’t make sense. For example, what does her ex-husband have to do with the slot machines? Suddenly Davis finds herself in too deep and when she’s arrested for attempted murder no one believes her story and to make matters worse, there’s questions surrounding her identity. Will Davis be able to prove her innocence before the real culprit skips town? We have good character… Read more »

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Dec 07
Book Review: Anna Bloom’s The Saving of Benjamin Chambers

Book Review: Anna Bloom’s The Saving of Benjamin Chambers

I had a lot of fun reading Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go and adored Ben Chambers. If you haven’t read The Art of Letting Go, it’s not necessary to enjoy The Saving of Benjamin Chambers. Firstly, can I take a moment to talk about the cover? I’m totally digging it and I really think it reflects Ben and what he stands for. Secondly, ah, Ben! He was loads of fun in The Art of Letting Go and I loved how his relationship with Lilah began. In The Art of Letting Go, we find out Ben and Lilah met at her office Christmas party, but we don’t know exactly how the introduction occurred. The Saving of Benjamin Chambers answers this as well another important question regarding a particular gift… Read more »

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Dec 06
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines is the fourth book in her Assassins series. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, I don’t think it’s necessary to do so to enjoy Blue Lines. Just keep in mind that Aleo does revisit past characters and touches upon past events, but no big spoilers that will impede you from enjoying the books at a later date. I wasn’t sure how Aleo was going to redeem Erik because he’s a jerk of the first order and I admit to wanting to strangle him. Let me give Aleo a high-five for redeeming him when I didn’t think it was possible. Character development is a little weak and I think it’s because we’ve known that Piper has a crush on Erik. It’s been… Read more »

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Dec 02
Blog Tour: Review-E.L. Farris’s I Run

Blog Tour: Review-E.L. Farris’s I Run

E.L. Farris’ I Run is an emotional journey as one woman tries to outrun her personal demons from the past and raise a family. As far as characterization, we have good character development. Sally is our main character and she’s married and a mother to three children. She’s been struggling since the accident and it’s easy to like her. There’s some personal trauma that she’s been trying to remember and yet can’t. Then we have her husband William who at times comes off as passive and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around him and what he thinks of Sally. We have a variety of secondary characters who play a vital role including Sally’s mother who is a first grade bitch. Then we have Sally’s friend Beth who has… Read more »

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Nov 26
Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished + Giveaway

Sarah MacLean is one of those historical romance authors I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I knew this was my chance. MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third book in her The Rules of Scoundrels series. If you haven’t read the series, it’s perfectly safe to read No Good Duke without being exposed to spoilers. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak. I do believe it has to do with the fact that this is the third book in a series and some characters are already established. Our hero is Temple (William Harrow, the Duke of Lamont) who has spent the past twelve years known as Killer Duke. He has no… Read more »

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