Posts Categorized: review

Mar 22
Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s In Skates Trouble

Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s In Skates Trouble

I’m a hockey fan and when I heard about the Hot on Ice anthology, I was curious. When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about the anthology, I signed up. As some of you are aware, I adore Kate Meader’s writing and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read In Skates Trouble. Not only is it part of a great anthology, but proceeds of Hot on Ice‘s sales go to a great cause, Homes for our Troops. Also, In Skates Trouble sets the scene for Meader’s Chicago Rebels series, an all about hockey book series! We have good characterization. Addison Williams is a former plus size (a term she hates as well as I do) model who is done with being a trophy wife. She’s strong,… Read more »

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Mar 20
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Up

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Up

Double Up is the sixth book in the Davis Way series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Up. I do recommend you start with the first, Double Whammy or at least read, the fifth book, Double Knot so you’ll get an idea of who’s who and what’s going on. That being said, Gretchen Archer does a great job explaining certain events from previous books and of course, nothing I consider to be spoilers. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Davis Way, but Archer proved me wrong! There’s a bit of a time jump from when Double Knot ended and Double Up begins. Davis has been suffering from postpartum depression, even though she insists she’s… Read more »

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Mar 06
Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

I always enjoy Deanna Raybourn’s books. I’m a huge fan of her Lady Julia Grey series and when I found out she had a new Victorian series that was about a female investigator, I knew I had to read it. We have good character development in A Curious Beginning. Veronica Speedwell is a butterfly hunter and she’s interested in science. She’s also independent despite the fact she grew up sheltered. She’s also not afraid to speak her mind. I liked Veronica, but admit to loving Stoker better! He’s a natural scientist who is a reclusive and despite not having much money of his own, likes to help others out. I loved his grouchiness! He’s a bit mysterious, but unlike past Raybourn heroes, he’s definitely easier to read. We have a… Read more »

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Mar 01
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck

Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck is the fourth book in the Elliott Lisbon series. Lynn doesn’t make it habit of revealing past Elliott cases and if you haven’t read the first three books in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Pot Luck. We continue to have good character development. Often times, an author will forget that there are new readers to a series, but Lynn doesn’t forget. We still get information about Elliot’s love of hand sanitizer and why, but we also find out what Elliot was like when she was younger. I loved finding out about how she took a young woman under her wings and how that young lady followed in her footsteps. I liked the character growth as well as that of… Read more »

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Feb 27
Book Review: Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret

Book Review: Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret

Meredith Duran is a new author to me and I’m glad I gave her a try! I’m a big fan of second chance romances and Sweetest Regret really sounded interesting. It’s a novella and was originally published in the anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe, in 2015. Characterization is good. Georgina Trent is the daughter of a diplomat and runs her father’s household. She’s not beautiful by society’s standards and she’s also a bit shy. I’d also say Georgina is loyal once you’ve earned it, but her insecurity can get in the way. Then we have Lucas Goodwin, a society darling! Of course he’s good looking and attracts the ladies, but there’s only one he has eyes for. We have a few secondary characters that play a role, but this… Read more »

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Feb 23
Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with Mistletoe

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with Mistletoe

I’ve been wanting to read a Jill Shalvis book for a long time, but never had the chance and with an extensive backlist, I wasn’t sure which book to start with. When a copy of The Trouble with Mistletoe was included in an Avon Addicts package, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and I’m so glad I took the chance. This is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, but very much reads as a standalone. We have good character development. Willa Davis owns her own pet grooming / boarding shop called the South Bark Mutt Shop. She’s always looking out for others and making sure her friends are taken care of. She’s also not afraid to step out of her boundaries and it really shows in… Read more »

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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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Jan 26
Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Accidentally on Purpose

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Accidentally on Purpose

Over the Christmas break, I read my first Jill Shalvis book, The Trouble with Mistotle. I loved it and couldn’t wait to read more of her books! When I was given the opportunity to review Accidentally on Purpose, I couldn’t say no. It’s the third book in her Heartbreaker Bay series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Accidentally on Purpose. Although, I have a confession…I actually thought Accidentally on Purpose was part of a different series and thought how nice it was that other Shalvis characters made cameos! We have great character development. Elle Wheaten is a strong and independent woman! She’s definitely a woman who can handle anything thrown her way. Elle is also fiercely loyal and isn’t… 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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Nov 16
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Knot

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Knot

Woo-hoo, Gretchen Archer’s Davis Way is back! Double Knot is the fifth book in the series and if you haven’t read the series before, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Knot. I do recommend you read at least the first book, Double Whammy, because you’ll get to meet the characters and better understand who they are and why they act the way they do. We continue to have good character development. I often find myself struggling to read a series when there’s no character growth or there’s nothing new to discover about the main character. Archer does a great job adding more dimensions to her characters. We find out about Davis’ secret, which is heartbreaking on many levels, but also understanding when we find out about it. I won’t say… Read more »

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Oct 07
Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire + Giveaway

Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back with a new Hot in Chicago book! Sparking the Fire is the third and final book in her Hot in Chicago series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy Sparking the Fire. I’ve read all of them and while Meader will mention an event or two from the previous books, it’s nothing that I consider to be a huge spoiler. We have great character development. Molly Cade is a Hollywood actress struggling to get her career back on track. At first, Molly comes off as bit vulnerable, but she quickly establishes herself as a capable woman. She’s not afraid to fight for what she wants and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself…. Read more »

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Jul 05
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

The Essex Sisters series is one of my favorite books by Eloisa James. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for the newest novella in the series, A Gentleman Never Tells, I couldn’t pass up the chance! If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy A Gentleman. We have good character development. Lizzie Troutt is a young widow who is kind and only wants to live her life on her own terms. She has no desire to remarry and keeps to herself. And we have Oliver Berwick, a country gentleman who deeply regrets his involvement in circulating nicknames given to a few women. Now charged with the care of his teenage niece, Hattie, Oliver is quick to see the… Read more »

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