Posts Tagged: book review

Jan 13
Blog Tour: Review-Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy + Giveaway

I love reunited lovers plots and can’t say no to anything involving spies especially in historical romance. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, I couldn’t say no! Besides I’m always looking for new historical romance authors to read and Kelly has been on my radar, but I haven’t had a chance to read anything she’s written. We have good character development and Kelly spends an equal amount of time with each of her characters so we get to know them really well. Evie Whitney is quiet and always gets in trouble despite not causing it. It was pretty easy to understand which twin her mother prefers (Evie’s twin is Eden and she’s rambunctious and… Read more »

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Jan 12
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline

Nichelle Clarke is back and once again deep into an investigation. This time she’s covering the horrific death of a young homeless girl. If you haven’t read any books in the Headlines in High Heels series, don’t fret. It’s not necessary to enjoy LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline, but I do suggest reading the backlist or at least the first in the series so you understand who’s who and what relationships they are. We continue to have good character development. I personally enjoyed getting to know more about Nichelle’s background and liked that parts of her past had some connections to her current investigation. Most characters from the previous novels make an appearance although I missed the interactions with Parker. I’ll admit, I was surprised to see Shelby’s personal… Read more »

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Nov 21
Blog Tour: Review-Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding + Giveaway

I’ve read a few of Victoria Alexander’s books in the past and I’m always annoyed with myself for not keeping up with her. She’s definitely an author I’ve enjoyed and when the opportunity came to take part in the blog tour for The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance. Even though it’s the fourth book in the series you can easily pick this up and is very much a standalone novel. We have really good character development and have a wide array of characters that play a vital role. Our main characters are Jackson Quincy Graham Channing and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow. I adored Jackson! I felt bad for his upbringing in terms of a shocking secret which I won’t… Read more »

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Nov 17
Blog Tour: Review-Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon + Giveaway

I’m always a bit unsure about books where suicide is part of the plot because it can be a wonderful read or just an emotional drain where you can’t get out of an emotional funk. I really enjoyed Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon and am really glad I was able to participate in the blog tour. We have good character development. Our main character is Aubrey Glass and she’s your typical adult, fresh out of university, and is struggling with everyday life. She reluctantly goes home where she has to come face to face with her teenage past. We have several secondary characters that play a vital role including Rachel, Aubrey’s childhood best friend. While we don’t get to spend much time with Rachel in terms of the present,… Read more »

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Nov 13
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Strike

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Strike

Super sleuth, Davis Way is back and this time she’s in a lot of trouble! Gretchen Archer’s Double Strike is the third book in the Davis Way series and if you haven’t read the first two, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Double Strike. Although I do recommend reading them just so you’ll be familiar with key characters and Davis’ quirks. We have really good character development despite this being the third book in the series, Archer continues to provide character development. I was actually surprised at how much Bianca Sanders has grown with the series and I love seeing her interactions with Davis. Overall, key characters are showing great character growth including Jeremy (aka No Hair) and Fantasy. I’ve made no secret of my love… 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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Oct 13
Book Review: Susan O’Brian’s Finding Sky

Book Review: Susan O’Brian’s Finding Sky

Susan O’Brian’s debut, Finding Sky, is classified as a mystery and yet it’s not really one. I know when I read a mystery, I expect there to be a murder; hopefully you don’t consider this to be a spoiler because there is none. And unfortunately, that’s just my personal preference when it comes to mysteries and of no fault of O’Brian’s or the publisher, Henery Press. In many ways, it is a mystery in terms of trying to find out what happened to the missing teenager Nicki Valentine has vowed to locate. Character development is a bit weak. While we do spend a lot of time with Nicki, we don’t know much about her other than she’s super health conscious (we’re constantly reminded of the organic food in Nicki’s house)… Read more »

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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 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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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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