Posts Tagged: book review

May 10
Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Sweet On You

Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Sweet On You

Darlene Panzera’s Sweet on You is the first novella in the Cupcake Diaries series. The second novella, Recipe for Love, and the third, Taste of Romance, will be released in the next two weeks. If you’re looking for a quick light read then you’re in luck! I enjoyed Sweet on You and particularly loved the opening scene! Andi, Rachel, and Kim have come together to celebrate Kim‘s birthday. The trio has a tradition that involves splitting a cupcake three ways every quarter. Unfortunately Andi was pressed for time and couldn’t buy one until she spots a man with a bakery box. With a little encouragement she walks up to Jake and offers to buy his cupcake. What ensues is cute tête-à-tête between Jake and Andi that will leave you with… Read more »

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May 08
Book Review: Karen Robards’ The Last Victim + Giveaway

Book Review: Karen Robards’ The Last Victim + Giveaway

Doctor Charlotte “Charlie” Stone is expert in criminal pathology, but she hides a secret. Fifteen years ago, she was the sole survivor of the Boardwalk Killer’s attack and afterwards discovered she could see dead people. She keeps the knowledge of seeing the ghosts of victims to herself and instead focuses on what makes these monsters commit crimes. Charlie reluctantly agrees to assist the FBI in finding a teenage girl who may be the latest Boardwalk Killer’s victim or that of a copycat. There’s just a slight problem. Before she can dedicate herself to the case she needs to get rid of a pesky ghost. Michael Garland, a convicted serial killer won’t accept he’s dead and refuses to leave Charlie alone. Will Charlie be able to guide Garland towards the light… Read more »

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May 05
Book Review: Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return

Book Review: Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return

The River of No Return is Bee Ridgway’s debut novel and what a spectacular book it is! It’s a mixture of time travel with historical elements. Fans of early 19th century England will be in for a real treat as Ridgway does a superb job with the research and it’s easy to immerse yourself in the era. Readers will be left questioning time and how it coincides with our own emotions. I have no doubt that by the end of the book you’ll be looking at time a little differently. Ten years ago, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown was fighting in one of the bloodiest sieges of the Napoleonic Wars, Badajoz. Facing death at the hands of a Frenchman, Nick suddenly finds himself waking up in a hospital room… Read more »

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May 01
Book Review: Peggy Riley’s Amity & Sorrow

Book Review: Peggy Riley’s Amity & Sorrow

Once in a while, there’s a book that comes your way and it just falls into your lap. Amity & Sorrow is a book that came my way by accident. I received notification that I was pre-approved for a few titles from Little Brown and Company and decided to check them out. I devoured Peggy Riley’s book and it’s a powerful debut. Amaranth and her daughters are on the run and by the fourth day, exhausted due to lack of sleep, Amaranth crashes into a tree. She finds a gas station and pleads for help, but the farmer, Bradley, in charge of the station tells her he can’t. He insists she needs to call her husband for help, but she refuses. Taking shelter under his porch, Amaranth and her daughters… Read more »

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Apr 30
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Elliott Lisbon is the Director of the Ballantyne Foundation and is working on her private investigator license. She conducts discreet inquires on behalf of the Foundation and when a board member, Leo Hirschorn, is found murdered, the Foundation’s benefactor specifically asks for Elliott’s assistance. She agrees, but then realizes that means trying to clear another board member’s name, Jane Walcott Hatting, and there’s no love lost between her and Jane. Elliott recognizes her investigation would be easier if the new Lieutenant, Nick Ransom, would take her seriously, but she understands that may never happen. After all, he’s her ex-boyfriend who ended things suddenly and quickly walked out of her life. Will Elliott solve Leo’s murder without Nick’s assistance or will she realize the culprit is who the police suspect? Can… Read more »

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Apr 25
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Girl

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Girl

Laurel Ulen Curtis’s The One Girl picks up right where we left off in The One Place. This time it’s told in Tucker’s point of view and what a breath of fresh air! Kudos to Curtis for giving us a male perspective in a second book instead of having to wait for his point of view in a later book like some authors are prone to do (if they decide to so). If you haven’t read The One Place then I highly recommend doing so because you’ll be lost otherwise. Tucker and Natalie have to deal with the fact that Andrew has found Natalie and is back in town. Tucker finally finds out how much of a monster Andrew really is. Natalie has to come to grips with her past… Read more »

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Apr 25
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Place

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Place

Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Place is her debut novel and deals with the difficult subject matter of abusive. The overall theme of the book is present throughout, but not as heavily as it was in the beginning. I don’t want to put off readers because it’s a good book, but I do want to warn anyone before reading the rest of the review in case you are sensitive. Natalie Dalton is a suffocating relationship and she questions if she has the ability to leave. When the opportunity arrives to leave her life behind, she jumps at the chance and with the little money she saved up, she makes her way away from New York City to Tennessee. There she’s able to reinvent herself and meets a good looking stranger,… Read more »

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Apr 22
Book Review: Susan C Shea’s The King’s Jar

Book Review: Susan C Shea’s The King’s Jar

Susan C. Shea’s The King’s Jar is the second book in her Dani O’Rourke series. If you haven’t read the first book, Murder in the Abstract, don’t fret. I planned on reading it prior to The King’s Jar, but decided to go in without any previous knowledge as most new readers in a series do. It’s not necessary to read Murder in the Abstract, but be aware Shea does mention a few situations from the first book that may be viewed as spoilers, but I don’t think they are. The Dover Museum of Art and Antiquities is aflutter with the upcoming opening exhibit of the King’s Jar, a priceless African artifact. Dover’s chief fundraiser Dani O’ Rourke is one of the last people to see Dr. Rene Bouvier alive. He… Read more »

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Apr 16
Blog Tour: Review-Lynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You + Giveaway

Annelise Montjoy leads a life of privilege and one we can only dream of. As an heiress she knows firsthand that money can buy anything except life. She travels to Maverick Junction against the wishes of her family because she believes the answer to her family’s prayer can be located there. There’s one slight problem, she meets Cash Hardeman and he’s different from the men she’s use to. He’s hardworking and not to mention good looking. The two are attracted to each other, but both come from different backgrounds. Even though they come from different worlds, both harbor a secret. Annelise’s is her true identity and Cash’s involves a stipulation in his grandfather’s will that he must meet. Will they be able to set aside their differences and give love… Read more »

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Apr 15
Book Review: Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman

Book Review: Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman

I’m a fan of Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and auto-buy her books. I admit I lost interest in her Arcane series once we reached the conclusion of how Jones & Jones agency came together and she started expanding the Arcane series to include outside associates. I wanted to prep for this review by reading the last 3 books I missed, but decided it would be best to read from a new reader’s perspective without any previous knowledge as most new readers. Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman is the second book in her Ladies of Lantern Street series. If you haven’t read the first book, Crystal Gardens, it’s not necessary to do so. Quick does a good job giving you an overview of what exactly the agency Flint &… Read more »

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Apr 10
Book Review: Digger Cartwright’s The House of Dark Shadows

Book Review: Digger Cartwright’s The House of Dark Shadows

I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers because nothing turns out the way you thought it would. Digger Cartwright does a phenomenal job with The House of Dark Shadows. I thought I had everything figured out due to the clues he gave us along the way, but I was blown off course. The ending isn’t exactly what you expect nor is it your typical Hollywood ending, but it fits. Alex Rommel has everything a bachelor could ask for. He’s successful at his job and quite the ladies man, but he’s missing the love of his life. Years ago Shannon left him and he’s been haunted with memories of her and desperately searches for her. He runs into an old university friend, Brad, at a café and Brad mentions how he’s… Read more »

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Apr 07
Book Review: Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair

Book Review: Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair

If you’re familiar with Lauren Willig’s books, then you know she often combines narratives from the past with the present. The Ashford Affair isn’t any different and incorporates the narratives of both Clementine (in the present) and Addie’s (the past). This is Addie’s story, but in many ways, it’s also Clementine’s. Clementine is on journey to realize what truly matters in life. Clementine Evans arrives late to her grandmother’s birthday celebration and is surprised when her grandmother calls her Bea. She asks her mother about Bea, but doesn’t get a direct answer. In fact, Clementine asks around and slowly a family secret is unearthed. Bea was a cousin of Granny Addie and through a series of flashbacks we’re told Addie’s story. Addie comes to live with the Earl of Ashford… Read more »

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