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From One Booklover to Another – Merry Christmas – May you be blessed with many books under the tree and adventures to read and enjoy

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in General

 

Review – I Know You’re There – Susan Allison-Dean

I know you're thereI Know You’re There
Author: Susan Allison-Dean

Review Copy Provided by Author

Description:
Jill Bradley is a 24-year-old nurse whose life is going great; she’s established herself in her new career, and she’s looking forward to getting engaged to her high school sweet heart. When life’s tide changes and she is bombarded by tragedy, loss, and betrayal all at once, she can no longer cope. In a moment of despair, she books a trip to a Caribbean island in an effort to escape her problems. She finds respite and romance, but her problems have also packed their own suitcase.

Helen Bradley is Jill’s mother. Like many mothers of her time, she has dedicated her life to her life to her family. Despite her best efforts, however, she hasn’t always been able to be the type of mother she wished she could be. She has a secret she was hoping would just go away, but it won’t. If she doesn’t share it with her daughter, Jill, it might bring Jill more harm.

I Know You’re There is a mother-daughter journey, celebrating the highs and delving in to the lows of family life. Can the power of love heal all things?

Review:
I think if I had read the description that was on goodreads or amazon rather than just the back of the book, I might have been less surprised by the story and possibly enjoyed it more. However, the description on the back of the book was limited to the accident that occurs in Jill’s life, and so I was expecting more reprecussions from that and to have more of a mystery draw out about it – rather than a women’s lit, coping with life, dealing with tragedy that I got. I was also coming off the high of another book that I really loved and so while, this one might have worked for me normally, it just couldn’t compare to previous reads.

The author did have a good writing style and I can’t really find anything word with it, stylistically…it was just that the story line didn’t work for me. Ultimately, in such a short novel (only about 240 pages), I thought that the author tried to cram too much into the story. It just felt like the storyline was superficial and lacked development. Overall I gave I Know You’re There 2 stars.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Book Review

 

Review – A Love Worth Biting For – Roxy Mews

a love worth biting forA Love Worth Biting For
Author: Roxy Mews
Series: #1 in the Clan Hybrids series

Review Copy Provided by Author

Description:
Who’s afraid of the big bad hybrid?

Amber Paulson’s wolf has chosen a mate for her, but Amber is not amused with its pick. Jake Meyers might look amazing in a wet T-shirt and have the cheekbones and strong jaw that artists drool over. Too bad he is missing a pulse.

Jake is a vampire, well, mostly. Then a tall, curvy redhead pops up on his radar and something awakens in him. Even though he tries to stay away, Amber gets under his skin, and his vampire/werewolf heritage starts to become more bark and less bite. For the first time, he feels the call of the moon, and he knows it’s all because of Amber Paulson.

Amber’s trying to stay away, and Jake’s trying to not turn furry. They both fail miserably—and with a lot of sweaty and enjoyable property destruction.

By giving in to her mating call, Amber finds out more than she ever wanted to know about herself, her family, and the rogue wolf who took so much from her so long ago. As her past comes back to bite her, she’ll have to decide what she’s willing to give up for her mate. Her home? Her pack? Her…heartbeat?

Review:
It always makes me nervous to read/review a book by a person that I know and by know, I mean, we’ve been Goodreads friends since long before Roxy Mews was even a person. In fact, I even had the book for a good month before I even read it, due to my nervousness…but I had to take that plunge and i’m so glad I did. My initial thought was, I love the whole hybrid werewolf/vampire theme in the book. There are lots of paranormal/UF type books out there, but I couldn’t think of any books that used a more of a hybrid theme.

I loved the tension between the vampires and werewolved, it was kind of nice to see a book where they don’t miraculously get along (since that seems to be a common trope in PNR, especially where there is a diverse range of characters). But at the same time, it felt like it was set in a real world, not a completely made up paranormal realm. Almost like the author sat outside on a college campus, just observing what was going on. The first “meeting” between Amber and Jake was awesome (and if I understood something the author mentioned, it was inspired in part by her first meeting with her future husband).

I did feel that the conflict between the werewolves and the vampires was played down a bit, and needed more, but I kind of hope that is just because it was book 1 in a series (or at least it had better be)…and that the conflict will be explored a bit more.

Overall I gave A Love Worth Biting For 3.5 stars but rounding up to 4 and can’t wait to see what she writes in the future.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Book Review

 

Review – Unsound – Toby Neal

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Author: Toby Neal

Review Copy Provided by Author via Sisterhood of the Traveling Book on Goodreads

Description:
Only a volcano can cure some things.

Dr. Caprice Wilson, police psychologist, has spent her life unraveling the mysteries of the human mind—only to find herself in a deep crisis. Caprice prescribes herself a walkabout and goes hiking on Maui—but the solitary retreat she has in mind does not go as planned. Caprice faces an enemy she never knew she had and wrestles with questions of hope, identity, loss, and the nature of psychopathy in a cat-and-mouse game with survival at stake.

Review:
From the description, this book should have been right up my alley – the police psychologist as a main character caught my eye as did the comparison of a suspenseful story. Unfortunately, it just didn’t quite work for me. While I could tell that the author knew her stuff when it came to the psychological aspects, I just really didn’t like Caprice. I guess that I would have hoped, her being a mental health professional, that she could identify when she had issues (I know that might be too much to hope for but since she diagnoses people with issues, a girl can hope she could realize/admit her own).

But on top of that, the whole mystery/suspense angle just fizzled out for me. While I didn’t see the whole reveal of the evil person was coming, when it was revealed, I was just underwhelmed. I just didn’t really feel like they were well-developed as a character and then the whole suspense part was summed up relatively quickly…the tension building just wasn’t there. Ultimately, I think I’d probably only give Unsound 2 stars, because it just didn’t work for me, but maybe it will for other readers.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Book Review

 

PROMO – Favorite Places – Kelly Gendron

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PROMO

Favorite Places
Author: Kelly Gendron
Series: #2 in the Troublemaker series
Release Date: 10 December 2013 (yep, today!)

Description:
A five-minute trolley ride, one troublemaking luggage, and two stolen identities. Six months later, two strangers discover they’re married. She wants an annulment. He has other plans.

Being illegally hitched is about the only way Chase Lennox would ever be shackled to any woman. But when the multimillionaire playboy finds out he’s married to the woman who caused him to lose the biggest deal of his life, Chase decides before he gives his new wife an annulment, she’s going to help him close the deal he’d lost.

Jessina Landi has a three-foot radius comfort zone. The last man she let into it cost her a lot more than a broken heart. And the huge debt she owes for that trust, well, it’s due. If she takes Chase Lennox’s up on his offer, it’s sure to cover the bill.

There’s an annulment waiting at the end of their rainbow… well, that’s if they can get through the next two weeks without consummating the marriage.

Thoughts:
So obviously this is a promo for a new book coming out which I haven’t gotten my hot little hands on yet – but the description intrigued me. I did however go and buy the first one in the series to see how it was and depending on how that plays out (since it is somewhere currently loitering in Mt TBR), I’ll probably try this one in the future.

Excerpt:

“Finish getting ready. We’re outta here in a few minutes.” He turned his back to her.

Jessina struggled to recover from the total body meltdown he’d so easily triggered. “Are we heading back to your apartment?”

“Yes,” he responded just as he disappeared from the doorway.

“Good.” She raised her voice. “You can drop me off at the bus stop then.”

Chase’s head swayed back in the doorway. “Come again?”

“I’m going home, but I’ll be back in time for Caplin’s arrival on Thursday.”

He stepped back into the room. “Why do you want to go home?”

The question caught her off guard. She’d assumed he’d be pleased to be rid of her. Nonetheless, telling him the truth wasn’t an option. “As you said, the only reason we needed to spend time together was so I could get to know you, so we can convince Caplin we’re married.”

His forehead wrinkled. “And you feel like you know me?”

“Well enough to pull off a bullshit marriage, yes.”

“Hmm.” He rubbed his chin, the intensity of his stare holding her captive. She clung to those dark eyes, waiting for him to say something. He dropped his hand and took a step toward her.

“I don’t want you to go.” His low, husky words resonated in her ears.

Her body hesitated, heart skipped, and nerves stammered. All of her senses failed her. She couldn’t have heard him right. “What?”

“There are a few more things you need to know about me in order to successfully pull this off, Jessina.”

Every single one of her senses came back to life as he moved closer.

“Will you stay just one more night?” He stopped in front of her. “So I can show them to you?”

“What?” Heat flushed through her body once more. “What sort of things?”

Dark, ravishing eyes dropped to her mouth as he drew a finger down the side of her cheek. It trailed along her neck, gently grazing her shoulder and caressing the length of her arm. “The sort of things I would do with my real wife.” He looked back up at her, his hand now settled on her hip. The weight of his touch caused her stomach to clench with desire. His hand shifted to the small of her back, and her next breath got caught in her throat. “I want to show you how my wife would make me feel when I’m this close to her.” He applied light pressure with his hand to her back, and the space between them descended. Their bodies became one.

“Chase…” His name fell from her lips in a near whisper when his hardness pressed into her tight-with-desire belly.

“Jessina…” he hissed back in a throaty murmur…

Buy Links:
Amazonhttp://amzn.to/1hHRX5m
Barnes and Noble ~ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/favorite-places-kelly-gendron/1117564321?ean=2940045467094
Smashwords ~ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/383009

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Book Promo Posts

 

Review – Letters from Home – Bethanne Strasser

letters from homeLetters from Home
Author: Bethanne Streasser

Review Copy Provided by the Publisher

Description:
An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.

When Zack Benson watched his best friend’s sister Lena leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. So he sent her anonymous love letters. Now that she’s home, he realizes he’s made a tactical error. Lena has fallen for the man in those letters but still thinks of him as a brother. He has to convince her otherwise because if he succeeds, he’ll get the best Christmas present ever. But if he fails, he could lose her for good.

Review:
Ever since I read about Steven Spielberg’s War Letters, I’ve been fascinated by books, both romance novels and non-fiction that feature war letters. So when I saw this one in the list of ARC reviews, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, while the premise was good, the story just didn’t quite work for me. Novellas are hard for me because invariably I end up wanting more. In this instance, I felt like the author had a good idea – the secret admirer writing letters – but tried to cram too much into the 80pg(ish) novella. I think it would have worked better as a long story where the characters could be more developed.

That being said, I had some issues with the age of the characters – Lena is supposedly an Army doctor, but as far as I can figure, she is only in her mid-20’s (maybe late-20’s at the most). The timing just doesn’t work – 4 years undergrad, 4 years of med school. And no mention of her med school within the story line, only her undergrad was mentioned – which kind of just struck me as weird. IMHO, her being a medic (enlisted) would have been more believable and also done away with what would have been fraternization if Zack had remained in the military (as he was enlisted and her an officer). But that is just my military experience speaking out…for anyone not familiar with the military, it probably wouldn’t be as noticable.

I do think that the author has potential and i’ll be interested to see what she writes in the future – I’m just sorry that this one didn’t quite work for me. Overall, I gave it 2.5 stars.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Book Review