Posts Categorized: 5 out of 5

Feb 20
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America

Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood is a thought provoking new thriller and if you’ve never read any of his previous novels, you don’t know what you’re missing! Cooley is a favorite of mine and you’ll see why. We have really good characterization. Sour Manco is a broken man and I wasn’t sure what to make of him. I really enjoyed getting to know him and finding out about his past. You’ll easily root for him and while I hope we’ll see more of Sour in future books, I think he’s done telling his own story. We have a wide array of secondary characters that play a role including Jill, a former Army Ranger and a Congressman, Homer Blunt. Then we have our Congressional Killers, a trio of men who… Read more »

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Nov 23
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire

The Dempsy clan is back and this time it’s Alex’s story! If you haven’t read the first book in the Hot in Chicago series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire. I do recommend it because you’ll get introduced to the Dempsy family and everyone around them. Meader does a pretty good job at keeping spoilers out of books in the series and I do believe you’ll be okay delving into book two. We have really good character development. Alexandra Dempsy is a female firefighter trying to prove to the boys she can handle any job thrown her way. She’s tough, can kick ass, but also is vulnerable. Alex really is a woman who can handle her own and isn’t afraid to take matters into her own… Read more »

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Jun 24
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

I really enjoyed Aaron Cooley’s Shaken Not Stirred and when he asked if I’d be interested in reviewing part one of Four Seats, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! If what I’ve read so far is any indication of what the rest of the book will be, then you’re in for a real treat! Four Seats will truly be one of your favorite summer reads and can’t be missed! We have a lot of characters who are vital to the narrative and Cooley doesn’t sacrifice character development. Our hero is Jason Lancaster and he’s also the government’s prime suspect. Lancaster’s resume is pretty impressive and I won’t go into detail, but it’s easy to understand why he’s on their radar. Known to be punctual, Lancaster is employed through the Supreme… Read more »

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Nov 10
Blog Tour: Review-Lauren Layne’s Made For You + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lauren Layne’s Made For You + Giveaway

I enjoyed Lauren Layne’s Only With You and when I found out Brynn was getting her own book, I knew I had to have it and as soon as it was possible. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance! I’m so glad I was able to participate because it was perfect! If you haven’t the first in the series, Only With You, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Made For You since Layne expands a few key scenes from Only With You and you aren’t missing much. We have really good character development. Brynn Dalton is an orthodontist and likes to make lists. In fact, she’s the queen of list making and when we find out why… Read more »

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Sep 17
Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

When I first heard about Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens, it was around this time last year and really wished it was available in the US, but alas it wasn’t. Fast forward to later this year and imagine my surprise and delight to open my mailbox and there waiting for me was a review copy! I adored Bitter Greens and took my time reading it because I wanted to savor it and hoped it would never end. Ah, Rapnzel! What a beautiful enchanting story Forsyth has given us. As for characterization, we have three strong female characters. With regards to the narrative, Forsyth interweaves three narratives; two in the past with one in the present. Set in the 16th and 17th century, Bitter Greens begins with our main heroine, Charlotte-Rose de… Read more »

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Jun 23
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s The Millionaire Affair

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s The Millionaire Affair

Jessica Lemmon’s The Millionaire Affair is the third book in her Love in the Balance series and it’s her best to date! If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, never fear! It’s not necessary to have read them in order to enjoy The Millionaire Affair and besides, it’s a perfect excuse to read her backlist because you’ll be left wanting more. We have good character development. Kimber Reynolds accepts the short term position as a live in nanny in order to buy out her ex-boyfriend from the business they co-own. She’s very capable and one that works hard, but also realizes she may be in over her head. While she’s not one to easily ask for help, she’s not one to turn away when it is… Read more »

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May 07
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Whack Job

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Whack Job

Huzzuh! Elliott Lison is back and if you haven’t read the first book in the series, Board Stiff, don’t worry because it’s not necessary to have done so in order to enjoy Whack Job. While Kendel Lynn does touch upon some events from Board Stiff, it’s nothing I would consider a spoiler. Narrative is first person via Elliott and she’s a trustworthy narrator. You might feel a bit frustrated with the way Elliott is portrayed; some might even classify her as a bit clumsy and one might question what Lynn’s intentions are by portraying Elliott that way. Others might point out that Elliott’s actions are ridiculous and over the top, but I don’t see it that way. In all honesty, I see her more as your average woman who isn’t… Read more »

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Mar 03
Book Review: Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments

Book Review: Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments

There’s always a bit of anxiety when a favorite author departs from their established genre and dabbles in a new one. When I heard about Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments, I didn’t have those feelings because I knew he would take care of me. That being said, this is the hardest review I’ve had to write as a blogger and it’s not because I’m a fan of his, but rather I don’t know what to say other than to use shouty capitals: GO BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT NOOOOW! After John Kerry loses the 2004 presidential election, William Baker decides to pursue a postgraduate degree in literature at Oxford University. Leaving behind political dreams he soon finds himself immersed in academic life and contemplating his future. Will isn’t prepared… Read more »

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Jan 31
Book Review: Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin

Book Review: Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin

If one word could be used to describe Marci Jefferson Girl on the Golden Coin, it would be: captivating. It’s beautiful, lush, and breathtaking. I didn’t want it to end! Not many people may know the story of Frances Stuart, but no doubt you’ve seen the image of Britannia on British currency. Dressed in roman robes, she’s seated holding a trident while wearing a Corinthian helmet and beside her is a shield depicting the unification of Scotland and England. In 1672, Frances served as the model for Britannia and since then has been featured on medals and coins. She’s since been retired, but in 2006 appeared on the fifty pence. Right in front of me as I write this review is that fifty pence though I’m lucky to have several… Read more »

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Sep 12
Book Review: Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky

Book Review: Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky

I’m a big fan of Sherry Thomas’ historical romances and when I heard she wrote a YA fantasy novel, The Burning Sky, I wasn’t sure what to think other than express concern that may she be walking away from historicals. Then I read the synopsis and couldn’t wait to read it! It was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! Prophecy states that a great elemental mage will one day save the realm from Bane, a powerful mage. Iolanthe Seabourn has heard the stories and when she’s told she’s the one prophesied, she’s not sure what to believe. It’s Prince Titus of Elberon who comes to her rescue when her attempt to fix a batch of elixir goes wrong when she summons lightning. Titus knows the… Read more »

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Sep 04
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go

Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go was originally scheduled for an October release with Hard to Handle set for September, but the dates were changed. While some may hate the ending to Can’t Let Go and call it a cliffhanger, it really isn’t one. If you haven’t read Tempting the Billionaire, you don’t need to in order to enjoy Can’t Let Go, but I do recommend it because you’ll have a better understanding of the time frame. It’s not necessary though! Those that read Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire will remember Sadie and Aiden. Both are secondary characters and we know from Tempting that Sadie ends up dating Aiden. What we don’t know is exactly what happened between the two of them. Crickitt attempts to get to the bottom of it, but… Read more »

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Aug 05
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads

LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads is the second book in the Nichelle Clark series. You don’t need to read Front Page Fatality to enjoy Buried Leads; although, several characters from Front Page do make an appearance. If you’re worried about spoilers, you won’t find any major ones preventing you from enjoying Front Page at a later date. Feel free to dive right in, but I do recommend reading Front Page prior to Buried Leads so you can become familiar with Nichelle and company. Richmond Telegraph crime reporter, Nichelle Clark is back! At first glance a dead body is just that, but when Nichelle receives a tip that the victim is a tobacco lobbyist and the suspect is the vice president of a tobacco company, she realizes there’s more to the story… Read more »

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