Posts Categorized: review

Oct 31
Blog Tour: Review-Julia Quinn’s The Sum of All Kisses + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Julia Quinn’s The Sum of All Kisses + Giveaway

Whenever I have a bad day, Julia Quinn is an author I turn to. I devoured her Bridgerton series and I’ve made no secret that Mr. Cavendish, I Presume is my favorite. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for The Sum of All Kisses, I couldn’t pass up the chance. The Sum of All Kisses is the third in the Symthe-Smith Quartet series. If you haven’t read the first two books, Just like Heaven and A Night Like This, you can delve right in; however, Quinn does mention a few things that occur in previous books, but nothing I would consider a spoiler. As for character development, it’s strong. We spend an equal amount of time with Sarah Pleinsworth and Hugh Prentice and get to know… Read more »

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Oct 29
Blog Tour: Review-Rachel Harris’ Seven Day Fiancé + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Rachel Harris’ Seven Day Fiancé + Giveaway

Rachel Harris is one of those authors I keep wanting to pick up and even have My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century on my to-be-read list, but ask anyone with a list and they’ll tell you, sometimes just don’t get around to it. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Seven Day Fiancé, I couldn’t pass up the chance and I’m so glad I participated! Seven Day Fiancé is the second book in the Love and Games series and if you haven’t read the first, Taste the Heat, it’s not necessary to enjoy Seven Day. As for characterization, we have strong characters. Angelle is the youngest in her family and grew up full filling her parents’ wishes. When a long time family friend, Brady, asks her to… Read more »

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Oct 28
Book Review:  Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Book Review: Sarah Zettel’s Palace of Spies

Margaret “Peggy” Preston Fitzroy is in a pickle. She’s just rejected the marriage offer her uncle Pierpont arranged. Peggy has a reason for this decision and when she tries to explain it to her uncle he issues her an ultimatum: accept the suit or be thrown out of the house. Peggy’s fate was sealed the night she met her potential suitor, Sebastian Sanford. He’s intrigued at first especially after Peggy stands up to Lady Clarenda Newbank and Peggy is happy to have his approval. Their first meeting is going well until he attempts to force himself on her and she’s saved by a gentleman, Mr. Tinderflint. Peggy is grateful until he states his reason for seeking her out: he offers her a position in King George I’s court. Peggy declines,… Read more »

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Oct 21
Book Review: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal + Giveaway

Book Review: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal + Giveaway

It’s always a treat to settle down with a Charles Finch novel and An Old Betrayal doesn’t disappoint. An Old Betrayal is the seventh book in the Charles Lenox series and if you haven’t read the series, you can delve right in since most books can be read as a standalone. Finch isn’t one to drown the reader in a character’s back story and therefore I do recommend you start from the beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death, but it’s not necessary. Set in 1875, An Old Betrayal picks up a year after A Death in the Small Hours ends. Former gentleman detective turned Member of Parliament, Charles Lenox, finds himself busy in the House of Commons and as Junior Lord of the Treasury. When the opportunity arises to assist… Read more »

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Oct 16
Blog Tour: Review-LL Collins’ Living Again + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-LL Collins’ Living Again + Giveaway

What would you do if you lost the love of your life? Many of us believe we wouldn’t be able to go on and for some, that’s true. What of those who continue to live? L.L. Collins’ Living Again is a poignant story about one woman’s journey to find the meaning of life after death. As for characterization, we have rich characters. We spend a good amount of time with Kayley and it makes sense since this is her journey. Kayley is a strong character and you will sympathize with her especially when it comes to Alex. We’re not given many scenes with Alex or spend a lot of time remembering him. I questioned why Collins didn’t give us more scenes with him, but in the end, I liked not… Read more »

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Oct 14
Blog Tour: Review-Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go + Giveaway

A lot can happen in the course of a year and Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go shows us exactly what happens when a twenty-five year old decides to enroll at university for the first time and gives up the life she’s settled for. Narration is first person and Lilah is an engaging narrator. You’ll easily fall in love with her and want to be her friend. The Art of Letting Go is written in a form of a diary, but doesn’t read like one. Bloom has a talent for combining humor and sarcasm throughout the narrative. The Art of Letting Go is everything I’ve been wanting in a New Adult novel. Often times, New Adult authors get lost in the amount of required bedroom action and forget that… Read more »

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Oct 10
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me is different from her Assassins series. It’s dark and will leave you physically ill. You might be asking why a three rating. First of all, Aleo has written about an abused woman before. In Empty Net, Audrey leaves an abusive relationship, but unlike Let it be Me, the abuse in Empty Net for the most part takes place in the background. I believe something like less than 15% of the novel actually depicts it. It was difficult to read Let it be Me where the abuse does make up over 70% of the plot. Character development is weak. I believe it’s because Let it be Me is told via Violet’s perspective and we aren’t given much back-story to either Rob or herself. My heart… Read more »

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Oct 09
Book Review: Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract

Book Review: Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract

Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract is the third book in her Cherry Tucker series. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, it is possible to delve right in; however, Reinhart addresses a few situations that occurred in previous books. If you don’t mind a few spoilers and backtracking, then proceed. Reinhart does a great job explaining relationships and situations without overwhelming new and established readers. When Cherry Tucker draws a composite sketch of a hijacker, she has no idea the secrets she’s about to uncover. She wants to assist in the investigation, but her involvement is put on hold when a local nemesis goes out of her way to besmirch Cherry’s reputation by labeling her art as perversion. Seeking assistance from a local Russian art collector,… Read more »

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Oct 08
Blog Tour: Review-Sandra Sookoo’s Marriage Minded Lord + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Review-Sandra Sookoo’s Marriage Minded Lord + Giveaway!

We’ve all heard the proverb, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Sandra Sookoo proves that in Marriage Minded Lord. Felix Darrington, Earl of Swandon can’t stop thinking about Lady Olivia’s French companion, Clarice, who happens to have a talent for cooking. Clarice dreams of a man who could love her and when Felix shows interest she’s quick to explain she’s not looking to become his mistress. While most men would walk away, Felix is willing to take the time to show her he wants her as his wife. They can’t deny the attraction, but when Lady Olivia notices the attention Felix is bestowing on her companion she quickly works to tear them apart. Character development is a bit weak. I really liked Felix. He’s just come… Read more »

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Oct 07
Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies is the second book in her Wildefire series. It’s not necessary to read the first, Midnight Secrets in order to enjoy Midnight Lies. Grace does touch upon a few events that occurred in Secrets, but I don’t see them as spoilers. Samantha Wilde and Quinn Braddock can’t keep their hands off each other and sparks flew the moment they made eye contact. For Samantha the relationship with the ER doctor works just fine because she often works odd hours due to her job as a police officer. Quinn can’t believe he’s found a woman worthy and one that makes him believe in love. Quinn receives a call from his ex-wife and he loathes her calls, but when she mentions she’s willing to give him an item… Read more »

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Oct 04
Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 is the continuation to her first book, How to Catch Butterflies. In this situation, it is necessary to read the first since Fontien doesn’t give you much background information regarding characters and situations that occurred in the first novel. Full disclosure: she did offer the opportunity to read the first book and if I had the time, I would have taken up the offer; however, having a very full review plate, I couldn’t. Either way, I often like to pick up books after the first to see if it is necessary to read the first in a series. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but then again I believe this has to do with it being the second book and not… Read more »

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Oct 03
Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Short stories are difficult to review without going into extensive detail and revealing the plot. Martin is doing great and has everything he could hope for. He’s a big fan of playing games and doesn’t think twice accepting an invite to play a game version similar to Scrabble with a stranger. When VN76 begins to play, Martin is smug and knows he can easily beat them. The next day he goes about his normal business until he begins having one of those days. You know the type, where one thing goes wrong and suddenly everything goes downhill. When his dog goes missing, he goes home only to realize there’s more to VN76’s word play and begins to frantically find out their identity before it is too late. Overall, I liked… Read more »

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