Posts Categorized: review

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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Jul 01
Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

I’ve always enjoyed Cathy Maxwell’s books and sadly, I haven’t kept up with her. When given the opportunity to read The Fairest of Them All, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get reacquainted with her work! Fairest is the second in her Marrying the Duke series and if you haven’t the read the first, The Match of the Century, it’s not necessary to enjoy Fairest. We have really good character development. Lady Charlene Blanchard had a difficult childhood and I can’t imagine growing up the way she did. She’s feisty and courageous. Charlene is also very loyal to her friends and will do anything to make sure they have everything they need. And then we have Jack Whitridge, the long lost and presumed dead twin brother of the Duke… Read more »

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Jun 21
Blog Tour: Review-Karen Erickson’s Smolder + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Karen Erickson’s Smolder + Giveaway

Karen Erickson is an author I’ve always wanted to read, but haven’t had the chance. When the opportunity came to participate in the Smolder blog tour, I couldn’t say no. Smolder is the second book in the Wildwood series and if you haven’t read the first, Ignite, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Smolder. I will say this, there is a running story involving an arsonist and won’t say anything else because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. We have really good character development. Delilah Moore is a dance instructor and owns her own studio. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and she has her eyes set on Deputy Sheriff Officer, Lane Gallagher. And what I can say about Lane?… Read more »

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Jan 07
Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

After reading my first Sarah MacLean novel, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, in November 2013, I vowed I’d read more of her novels and I’m sad to report I haven’t. I participated in the cover reveal for The Rogue Not Taken and when I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I had to read! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to participate in the blog tour because I really enjoyed the book. It’s the first in a brand new series so you have plenty of time to read it before the next book comes out. We have great character development. Lady Sophie Talbot is the youngest of four sisters and they’ve been dubbed the “Soiled S’s.” Sophie didn’t grow up as an aristocratic-that came later in… Read more »

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Jan 04
Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

I’ve always liked Loretta Chase’s books and I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read a book of hers since the publication of Mr. Impossible (that was in 2005!). When the opportunity came to review her newest, Dukes Prefer Blondes, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Dukes Prefer Blondes is the fourth and final book in The Dressmakers series. If you haven’t read the previous books, it’s not necessary to enjoy Dukes. I haven’t read the books and if there were any spoilers, I didn’t find any nor did Chase focus on past incidents involving the other books. We have really good character development. Lady Clara Fairfax is one of London’s most sought after beauties and judging from the number of marriage proposals she receives every few weeks, she’s not… Read more »

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Dec 15
Blog Tour: Review-Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas + Giveaway

Lori Wilde is an author I’ve wanted to read, but never had the chance. When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for I’ll Be Home for Christmas, I couldn’t say no. I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the seventh book in the Twilight, Texas series and if you haven’t read the previous novels, it’s not necessary to do so. If you’re wondering about possible spoilers, I didn’t see any that might be considered as spoilers. We have good character development. Gabi Preston needs time to think of her next move. She’s just dropped out of law school and isn’t sure if she wants to follow in the footsteps of her parents. Gabi is likable and you’ll easily feel for her especially when it comes to her brother!… Read more »

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Dec 11
Blog Tour: Review- Toni Blake’s Take Me All the Way

Blog Tour: Review- Toni Blake’s Take Me All the Way

Toni Blake is an author I’ve always wanted to read, but just haven’t had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Take Me All the Way, I couldn’t say no. Take Me All the Way is the third book in her Coral Cave series. If you haven’t read the previous two books, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Take Me All the Way. Although I will warn you, there are some spoilers for the previous books, but not any that I consider huge spoilers. We have good character development. Our heroine, Tamra Day is an artist / landscaper and she had a difficult childhood. She’s also very shy and takes the time to get to know a… Read more »

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