Review: Potions and Pastries

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

In this New York Times bestselling mystery series, witch Katie Lightfoot bakes enchanted treats—and faces more than her fair share of toil and trouble….

It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.

The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold….

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates is a fun cozy mystery full of murder, mayhem, and magic. The three wonderful words that make this fictional world enchanting. The main protagonist is a witch. She has several categories under her belt but it comes down to her simply being just that. She owns a bakery in a small-town. There have been several murders within a short time. The detective at first wants her to stay out of his work, but soon learns that Katie happens to be right about things all the time. Katie is dating a man who is a firefighter. Declan knows what she is. In fact, he has an interesting background, too. Katie is soon caught up in another murder mystery and danger is closer than she thinks. Almost dying gives enough chills, and until the killer is caught, more deadly attempts are made. I found this novel funny, sweet, and dark. A great combination from this writer. Overall, I recommend this tale to all.

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Review: Ford by Samantha Chase


 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

There are three things Ford Garrison wants more than anything: to build, to report to no one, and the chance to live his life without the prying eyes of the good folks of Eagle’s Ridge. Having spent ten years in the Navy as part of their construction battalion, he was able to live out most of that dream. Two out three wasn’t bad, right? Now that he’s out of the service, things aren’t falling into place quite as easily as he hoped and he ends up back home with all eyes on him.

It wasn’t as if Callie had gone out of her way to end up in Ford’s path, but somehow that happened all on its own and the town gossips were having a field day! Could she help it that she was living in the house Ford had hoped to claim as his own or that the work on his grandmother’s ranch meant they were living not fifty-feet away from each other?

Ford was determined to come home, do a job to help his grandmother and leave. Callie James is a distraction and she represents everything he has spent years running away from. Now he’s at odds with his friends, his family and himself about where his home and future are going to be.

Could he walk away from Eagle’s Ridge a second time?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

OMG! Samantha Chase, I love you! Your writing always sucks me into whatever plot you have created. It’s brilliant. The intense situation that Ford’s grandmother placed him and Callie in is funny and sweet. Instantly, after so many years, both remember each other. Oh boy, their feelings of attraction are eating them up…sexy, heartfelt, and engaging! Ford is the kind of man every woman wants to spend her life with and Callie is the sweet woman every mother wishes her son found. I fell in love with the characters, the juicy plot, the hot scenes, and the writing. Samantha Chase definitely knows how to grab my attention from the beginning and keep it until the last page. After I finished, I was already anticipating for more by this writer! Overall, I highly recommend this contemporary romance to readers worldwide.

 

 

Review: When the Stars Come Out

Synopsis:

Cottonbloom. A beautiful, faraway place where a woman can escape her past—and find reason to stay forever. . .

Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins as an unrequited crush turns into something far more powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .

Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with his car—and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t help but become emotionally entangled with his new star mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle. Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having real and lasting love?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham is an emotionally charged tale. It was deep, sad, intense, and heartfelt. The main characters from the previous book are visited again in this one. I was excited. Once I met these characters, I feel in love with them. They each have their own journey to follow and learn. Their hearts are made of gold and their personalities are fun to follow. There is always a drama in Laura Trentham’s books. In this title, Ford, a fourth brother of the Abbotts ends up causing trouble for his family’s garage. There, another character, Willa, hides from the world. In her past, she got into troubled situations and might have made them worse. She left home, leaving her father behind. Thinking she could keep him safe…instead her life was empty, sad, and frustrating. Feeling alone, she has no one. Until, one of her bosses really takes notice of her. When that happens, their fate is sealed.

When the Stars Come Out is a story about love, redemption, and forgiveness. Second chances is another major theme explored here. I loved how protective the brothers are over their family garage and of each other. Plus, they extended that to one of their best mechanics, Willa. The brothers know she’s hiding from something bad. But until she trusts them enough to let them in, all they can do is keep watch and offer their help. Willa is a strong independent woman. She’s handy with cars and is easy to get along with among the brothers. Humor, friendship, and more made this an interesting read. I enjoyed reading this book. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: Eaves of Destruction 

Synopsis:

Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery….

At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly….

Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load—until murder throws a wrench in the works.

The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else—for good.


Don’t miss Framed For Murder, a Hallmark Movies & Mystery Original starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is another exciting adventure. A great murder mystery and a much older mystery will collide together sending the main sleuth and her friends into a whirlwind of mystery. Mayhem, murder, and craziness surround the characters. I loved every moment of this plot.

Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle is the best! The pages flew by fast. I was hooked instantly. The main character, Shannon, is a builder. She’s working on several different building projects only this time, there’s a murderer that hired her. This killer hasn’t just killed once but a few times. If money doesn’t solve her issues, the killer resolves to murdering the victims. I never would have suspected the real murderer. However, it all made sense and fit perfectly with everything that happened. Then, there’s the detective that looks like Thor who makes Shannon go all gooey. But then, there’s Mac, her writer friend. He’s always there for her. I really loved this set of characters. The plot was engaging. Gooey and addictive. Overall, I highly recommend this murder mystery to all.

Story Prompt Ideas…

1) Your character starts dating someone new and is amazed at how much they have in common.  They seem to have all the same interests and opinions!  But by the second date, your character begins to have an uneasy feeling.  Every opinion that this person expresses is exactly what your character would have said himself/herself, practically in your character’s own words.  It seems like too much of a coincidence.  It is almost as if this person had studied your character ahead of time and was playing a role.  But how is that possible, and why would anyone do that?

2) A murder has taken place in a cabin in the middle of a snowy field.  Your character finds three sets of footsteps entering the cabin, but none leaving.  Apart from the victim, no one else seems to be there.  What is going on?

3) Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, your character’s husband or wife seems furious with your character.  “We’ll stay together for the kids,” s/he tells your character coldly, and will say nothing else when they’re alone together, although s/he puts on an act of normalcy in front of other people.  Up until then, the marriage had been very happy, and your character has no idea what’s going on.  S/he thinks there must be some terrible misunderstanding, but how can s/he resolve it when s/he doesn’t know what it is?

4) Someone has reprogrammed the GPS in your character’s car to go to an address that your character doesn’t recognize.  Your character lives alone, and no one else has the keys to his/her car.  Your character decides it must be a computer error and deletes the new address.  But the next day, the GPS has been reprogrammed again, and on the front passenger seat is a map with a circle marking the same mysterious address…

Review: Artania

Synopsis:

Eleven-year-old Bartholomew Borax III can’t go to school, play outside or worst of all, make art… so he sketches in secret. After he meets the skateboarding painter, Alexander DeVinci, they’re yanked into another realm by a magical painting.

Their own world is nothing in comparison to Artania: a world with living paintings and sculptures. But Artania is on the verge of destruction, and Bartholomew’s art is the only thing that can save it.

With Egyptian gods and goddesses at his side, Bartholomew braves battles, duels and skateboarding escapes. With his growing powers, Bartholomew is the only one who can defeat the evil Sickhert’s army and bring art back to the world.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Artania by Laurie Woodward is a world of fantasy and adventure. The main themes include art, being oneself, and bullying. A young boy loses his grandfather. The only one who understood his art. Then, he and his mom are forced to move. There, his journey begins. Meeting another boy, Alexander, they are soon taken from one realm into another. Challenges, friendship, and exploring art made this an interesting book. I loved how Laurie Woodward combined themes and yet made it feel so real. The connection to the characters were easy. Their stories held my attention from the start. Loss, hope, and belief play an important role for these two boys. Overall, I recommend this story to all.

Review: The Green Line Divide

Synopsis:

THE GREEN LINE DIVIDE: Romance, Travel, and Turmoils

This is a romantic travel fiction, with a touch of humour, set in two Mediterranean Islands of Cyprus and Rhodes Island of Greece.

Join Alexis and Sven, a Swedish United Nations officer on a touching, hilarious journey that carries readers to various parts of the globe to explore romance, relationships, personal growth, and culture like no other than The Green Line Divide. It is set in the two Mediterranean Islands of Cyprus and Rhodes Island of Greece.

Description:

Alexis is smart, sexy, and enthusiastic—but, like most people, she’s got a few things holding her back in life. And if she’s to ever move forward, she’s got to confront them—head on.

From failing her school exams and dealing with her father’s illness to being mistaken for a celebrity and avoiding serious relationships at any cost, Alexis’s life is riddled with complications and concerns, some harrowing and others absolutely hilarious. When she meets a svelte Swede named Sven, Alexis’s life becomes even more complicated, and her fear of commitment becomes more pronounced, placing her at a pivotal point: Can she overcome her fears and get married? Or will she search for any excuse to keep from walking down the aisle?

The Green Line Divide: Romance, Travel, and Turmoils follows Alexis’s trials and tribulations in life, love, and relationships, set against a Mediterranean backdrop rich with travel, musicals and culture. A truly informative, laugh-out-loud novel, it is sure to appeal to readers with a wide variety of interests, including tourism, hitchhiking, international history, personal growth, and stories of relationship drama.

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Romance, humor, and drama abound in this fast-paced, playful novel—and so too, do questions and surprises. The Green Line Divide: Romance, Travel, and Turmoils encounters readers with people from various parts of the world, including exotic destinations like Cyprus and the Greek island of Rhodes. And follow a young woman named Alexis as she struggles with gamophobia and tries to come to terms with her independence, relationships, and the future.

Smitten with a handsome Swede named Sven, a United Nations officer, Alexis plans to marry him, but has a lot of issues to confront if she’s to make it down the aisle—and, as she confronts them, The Green Line Divide is sure to touch your heart, educate you, tickle your funny bone, and put a smile on your face.

Will Alexis ever marry? Or will she find an excuse to run away from it all—again? Step into this book for answers. Along the way, you’ll be entertained and learn new travel, leisure, cultures and celebrations.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Green Line Divide by Z Vally is a short novella about one independent woman escaping the fear of commitment. Alexis is a wonderful woman. Any man would be happy to have her as his. But she’s afraid to let a man into her life and heart. Then, Sven comes into her life creating chaos. Alexis will have to find the answers she’s looking for before it’s too late.

Following the protagonist was fun. Traveling the Mediterranean islands was exciting. The characters and scenes felt realistic. I could almost feel the sun beaming on me from the pages. Hear the water and feel the crazy emotional rollercoaster that’s going inside of Alexis. The Green Line Divide is fun, exciting, and heartfelt. Humor and action on every page. Overall, I recommend this romantic comedy to all.

Review: Titch the Itch

Synopsis:

Titch is an itch who just wants to be wanted.

When Titch discovers that no one in his family wants him, he sets off on a journey to find someone – anyone – who would be willing to live with an itch. With every step he grows less hopeful. That is, until he meets an old friend.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Titch the Itch by B.C.R. Fegan is a beautifully illustrated book. One that features the story of an Itch. Titch the Itch does his job well. Makes everyone Itch. But his job leaves him feeling lonely. He started out with a large family, then an old lady and dog, and then a park. But every time, he was then left alone. Titch the Itch goes back to the family. He stays with a family member…and nothing that family member does can get rid of him now. He wants to be friends. This children’s book was entertaining, funny, and sweet. Poor Titch the Itch wants a friend…I enjoyed following this story. There was humor on every page.

Review: Out of the Ordinary

Synopsis:

When shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair’s mother catches Gertrude Cadwalader, paid companion to the light-fingered Mrs. Davenport, returning a pilfered item, she comes to the wrong conclusion. However, Harrison is eager to mend fences once he realizes the error. After a real thief starts preying on society, can Gertrude and Harrison catch the culprit?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is a historical tale readers do not want to miss. Is an exciting adventure. A woman,Gertrude, is wrongly accused, her employer is strange, and her employer’s son is highly attracted to her. Adventure, humor, and trouble are found on these pages. I was entertained from the beginning. Jen Turano has a way of sending deep into her plot. One full of mischief, love, and hope. I was rooting for Harrison and Gertrude all the way. Both like one another but don’t really know how the other one feels. It was quite interesting to follow. A man who goes out of his way to impress a lady he loves, is worth keeping. Harrison is just that. The scenes may feel ordinary but the feelings that Jen Turano creates with her words are extraordinary. I laughed and liked the characters. Their troubles were believable. I felt like I was there watching them as the events unfolded.

Review: Final Siege

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

IN THE LINE OF FIRE.

Former SEAL Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is all about the future he’s created with his Navy brothers in Eagle Securities, taking assignments in the most dangerous places, and doing things no one but ex-military would attempt. But when an urgent phone call brings his troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse.

Straight to the heart. . .

An investigative journalist researching an explosive story, Delaney Shapiro tells herself she got over Mac—and his role in her brother’s death—a long time ago. But the first moment she sees him at her bedside in an overseas hospital, she knows it’s not true. Every moment together rekindles the desire that once burned between them, and now that she’s a target for an emerging Russian arms dealer, Mac won’t let her out of his sight. To protect her, he’ll risk it all—including his life…

“Non-stop action and heart-pounding romance…a must-read for romantic suspense fans!”
—Cynthia Eden, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author on Under Fire

 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Final Siege by Scarlett Cole is a sexy as hell kind of read. One that gets hotter with every page. This, was my first novel that I’ve read that was written by Scarlett Cole. She is definitely going on my favorite authors list to watch out for…I was in love with this plot. Juicy details packed with heat, danger, and risks.

Old flames reuniting after a terrible death. The loss of a brother/best friend. A sister who hated the man she loved thinking he pushed her brother to his death. A best friend who has felt guilty keeping the secret for his dead friend. Not wanting to tarnish the friend, Mac looses the only girl he cared about…Delaney.

Both protagonists risk their lives daily. Delaney is a journalist who was severely injured after going through an assignment. Yet she still isn’t going to quit…and her work ends up bringing her back to Mac…Mac is a former seal who now has a company with his former seal friends. They go around doing tough assignments that may be their last trip. Mac ends up finding Delaney in a German hospital where she was asking for him. From there, Mac vows to never let her go…

Danger follows her home.

Their flames ignite every time they’re around each other.

And it’s only a matter time…

Overall, I loved reading this book. I would highly recommend it to all romantic suspense readers out there. Sexy yet sweet. Both are a heady combination. Scarlett Cole’s writing baits, lures, and hooks in readers like myself. It was everything I hoped it would be plus, some.

Review: Should’ve Been You

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!

National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.

Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.

However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love?

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin is a realistic story. I can actually see these characters as if I were watching them in real life. Their personalities are likable, their banters are funny, and their chemistry is heating up the pages. Old crushes and secrets are revealed. These lead up to an interesting plot and amazing scenes. I couldn’t get enough of Jase and Becca. Even Becca’s dad was lovable! Happiness might be closer than either main protagonist originally thought.

This, was my first Nicole McLaughlin book and I loved it. The writing sparked my interest immediately. This writer, knew how and where to draw my attention. The humor, romance, and heat was in full volume in this title. I couldn’t stop reading it. I laughed so hard, and I rooted for the characters. The story was a second chance at finding love…a love that was there deep down but somehow hid itself between the characters. Overall, I recommend this stunning read to all.

Review: The Crown Prince’s Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A Crown Prince gets a second chance at love with the woman who’s always been there – in the next book in the prince duology from Donna Alward!

The Crown Prince of Marazur is suffering from a broken heart. After losing his wife and future queen, he knows he’ll never find love again with a partner as wonderful as her. He’s thrown himself into his duties and is trying to be a better father to his two children, but he’s lonely. Even though falling in love seems impossible, so does spending the rest of his life alone.

Stephani has been Raoul’s assistant for years. Smart, loyal, and discreet, Stephani is fantastic at her job. Except for the fact that she’s been in love with her boss since her first week of employment, not that she would ever act on it. Besides, Raoul is first in line to the throne and she’s his assistant. If Raoul ever marries again, it’ll be with someone who can be a future queen. Not someone like Stephani.

When Raoul’s date for a state dinner is unable to attend, he invites Stephani. She’s well-versed on the issues and castle protocol, and Raoul’s always been comfortable with her. But when Stephani arrives, Raoul hardly recognizes her. Is this stunning woman the same one who’s run his office for years?

The Crown Prince’s Bride is the ultimate fairy tale for readers looking for Cinderella to get her prince—and be able to keep him past midnight.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Crown Prince’s Bride by Donna Alward is a fascinating tale. Spun with romance, action, and humor, this was a great plot. I was addicted. My favorite character was the assistant to the crown prince mentioned in this book. Stephani is a strong, smart, and beautiful woman. She has always loved the prince. Only he never really noticed her until she dressed up for a special event that he invited her to…from there things get complicated, messy, and fun.

Donna Alward’s books are stunning. Her writing lures me deeply into her worlds. In this one, I get the Cinderella story. A regular woman working for a prince, finds her happily ever after. Just like Cinderella, the obstacles are there creating a game of tug and pull. Hotter, sweeter, and better than any fairy tale I’ve read. The characters, like Stephani, create a heartfelt connection that happens instantly. Overall, I recommend this contemporary romance to all.

Review: Imperfect Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“This is the way legal thrillers are meant to be—compelling, intelligent, and deeply satisfying.” —Randy Singer, author of Rule of Law

THE POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS A MURDERER. EMILIE WESLEY KNOWS THEY CAN’T BE TALKING ABOUT HER CLIENT . . . CAN THEY?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is an entertaining piece of literature. The characters were interesting to follow. Their dilemmas connect with a common goal. This, ends up bringing them closer in ways they never expected.

 

Imperfect Justice is thrilling to read. Murder, family, and a battle for justice was exactly what I expected from this book. Cara Putman delivered well and surprised me with the intensity of the situations at hand. I wasn’t sure how this novel would end…the drama and legal issues felt so real. Fighting to protect an innocent person and proving another was guilty is a difficult task for anyone. The main protagonist did well with the weight of everything resting on her shoulders. The plot fit perfectly well as a romantic suspense. For fans of Brenda Novak and J.T. Ellison, this is recommended as a read. Overall, I enjoyed reading this new title.

Titles to Lookout for….

Danielle Lazarin’s short story collection Back Talk (Penguin Books, 2/6) is a powerful and empathetic debut from an emerging talent.

Feel Free (Penguin Press, 2/6) collects Zadie Smith’s new and previously published essays on politics, books, culture, and her own life.

Kristin Hannah follows-up The Nightingale with The Great Alone (St. Martin’s Press, 2/6), an adventure story set in Alaska in 1974.

Finally, Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death (Knopf, 2/6) is an outstanding, incisively written memoir of trauma, and its near-misses, from the acclaimed Irish novelist.

“Sparkling, insightful, and honest.”

Both a semi-autobiographical novel and a love letter from the author to her younger self, this is the heartbreaking story of a magical, whimsical mother and the dark secrets she’s hiding–as they unfold before the eyes of her adoring eleven-year-old daughter.

Rosie Colored Glasses is now available on NetGalley!

Each month we spotlight key young adult titles, including:

• Te Carter, I Stop Somewhere (Feiwel & Friends, 2/27)

• Adrianne Finlay, Your One & Only* (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2/6)

• Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2/27)

• Shaun David Hutchinson, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza (Simon Pulse, 2/6)

• Richard Lawson, All We Can Do Is Wait (Razorbill, 2/6)

• Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Siren Queen (Feiwel & Friends, 2/27)

• Dana Mele, People Like Us (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2/27)

• Gena Showalter, Everlife (Harlequin Teen, 2/27)

• Amber Smith, Last to Let Go (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2/6)

Among titles sure to attract attention are:

• Amy Bloom, White Houses (Random House, 2/13)

• Paul Goldberg, The Château (Picador, 2/13)

• Matt Haig, How To Stop Time (Viking, 2/6)

• Tayari Jones, An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, 2/6)

• Meghan Kenny, The Driest Season (W. W. Norton & Company, 2/13)

• Ryan McIlvain, The Radicals (Hogarth, 2/13)

• Sigrid Nunez, The Friend (Riverhead Books, 2/6)

• Joyce Carol Oates, Beautiful Days: Stories (Ecco, 2/6)

• Scott O’Connor, A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories (Gallery/Scout Press, 2/13)

Among the new writers with the most anticipated first works of fiction in the early part of February:

• Joseph Cassara, The House of Impossible Beauties(Ecco, 2/6)

• Jasmin Darznik, Song of a Captive Bird (Ballantine Books, 2/13)

• Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry (Simon & Schuster, 2/6) – The first novel from the 2017 Whiting Award winner.

• Rhiannon Navin, Only Child (Knopf, 2/6)

• Mikkel Rosengaard, The Invention of Ana(Custom House, 2/13)

• Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Sadness Is a White Bird(Atria Books, 2/13)

• Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater(Grove Press, 2/13)

The big names with new books out in the first half of the month include:

• Janet Beard, The Atomic City Girls(Morrow, 2/6)

• Jordanna Max Brodsky, Olympus Bound (Orbit, 2/13) – The third in a series.

• Jane Harper, Force of Nature (Flatiron Books, 2/6)

• Lisa Gardner, Look for Me (Dutton, 2/6) – The follow-up to Find Her.

• James Grippando, A Death in Live Oak(Harper, 2/6)

• Jonathan Kellerman, Night Moves(Ballantine, 2/13)

• Sophie Kinsella, Surprise Me (The Dial Press, 2/13)

• John Lescroart, Poison(Atria Books, 2/13)

• Karen Perry, Girl Unknown (Henry Holt and Co., 2/6)

• Marissa Stapley,Things To Do When It’s Raining (Graydon House, 2/6)

• Tom Sweterlitsch, The Gone World (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2/6)

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases:

• Martin Amis, The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2017 (Knopf, 2/6)

• Ben Austen, High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing(Harper, 2/6)

• Francisco Cantú, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Riverhead Books, 2/6)

• Steve Coll, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Penguin Press, 2/6)

• Lanny Davis, The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency (Scribner, 2/6)

• Jason Hickel, The Divide: Global Inequality From Conquest to Free Markets(Norton, 2/13)

• Andrew Keen, How To Fix the Future (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2/6) -How to preserve human values in a digital world.

• Bryan Mealer,The Kings of Big Springs: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream* (Flatiron Books, 2/6) – A portrait of a family through three generations of boom and bust, by the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

• T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (Crown, 2/6)

• Kayleen Schaefer,Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship (Dutton, 2/6)

Review: The History Makers

Synopsis:

What would the world be like today had the greatest civilization never fallen?

By the time Spanish explorers reached the Americas, the Aztec Empire was one of the greatest powers in the world. The ancient priests would slaughter human sacrifices, sometimes by the thousands, all under the pretext that their gods needed blood to make the sun rise every day. What would have happened had this empire prevailed over the Spanish and survived to this day? How would its bloodthirsty theocracy fit in with our world?

Myla is an upper-class teenager in modern-day Azteca, partying her days away with her friends and the man who has claimed her as his wife. On her seventeenth birthday, she is finally “enlightened” and told the truth: that the Priesthood is lying to everyone. Then, in an intriguing twist of fate, she finds herself in the hands of Aztec’s rebels and their leader, Tezca.

Myla must now sort through all the lies she has been told her whole life and confront old secrets buried deep. Can she trust these people? Are they terrorists or freedom-fighting revolutionaries? And will she join them to dismantle the theocracy and its lies, or will the price she would be made to pay be too high?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The History Makers by Val Bodurtha is a fascinating novel for historical lovers, like myself. I found myself of immediately taken with the story. A what if journey that is just as enticing as it is frightening. Take a major historical empire and seeing it survive…is amazing. But their way of living…is something that would horrify all. Human sacrifices. Not just one sacrifice but thousands just to keep a tradition of ruling alive. Imagine living your life among people and a culture that believe human bloodshed is the way to keep their Gods happy…then, to find doubt within that culture. Are they really telling lies and killing innocents or is it just another plot to over take the already existing empire?

Val Bodurtha’s writing is haunting. I was hooked. It kept me turning the pages. Myla is a character that I really enjoyed following. She developed into a stronger character as the tale unfolded. I liked her from the beginning and loved her overall transformation, too. Intrigue, danger, coming of age, and some romance can be found in this exciting adventure. The History Makers spins the Aztec culture and life into a modern world. It was quite good to read. I recommend this novel to readers worldwide.

Review: Every Dog has His Day

Synopsis:

A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.

Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.

Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction…

So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Every Dog has His Day by Jenn McKinlay is super sweet, super funny, and super romantic. My heart melted with every page. Jenn McKinlay knew how to make me swoon, aww, and fall in love. Her characters are charming. The protagonists have real life issues that they’re currently facing. One is a single divorced mother of two young girls. The other is a man who never really had a family. Little did they know that fate had plans for them both. Next door neighbors who end up getting to know each other through the fault of two sweet girls and a little kitten. The bachelor has a dog that he’s home sitting and has become attached to…after meeting his next door neighbors and getting to them, Zachary can’t resist their charming nature. Jessie and her girls fall for Zach’s charming self and his good looks. But there’s more to Zachary than Jessie original thought. He’s a man with a good heart and a loving nature. Their chemistry explodes in this book. Humor was throughout the pages. I loved the snowflake making scene…Zach’s snowflake looked like a bird to the little girls but both he and the girls’ mother knew exactly what it was…I cannot mention it. But it’s worth reading to find out! Overall, I highly recommend this contemporary holiday novel to readers worldwide.

NY Times Top 10 Books…

The New York Times Book Review editors announced their top ten books of 2017, with the individual critics’ lists still to come. In fiction, Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award-winning Sing, Unburied, Sing makes the list, along with NBA shortlisted Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, plus:

Autumn, by Ali Smith

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The nonfiction list:

The Evolution of Beauty, by Richard O. Prum

Grant, by Ron Chernow

Locking Up Our Own, by James Forman Jr.

Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser

Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood

Review: Slammed

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Not every goalie plays it safe…

As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy’s kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catches them together, she’ll lose her job faster than any slapshot.

Eli Casco is on the brink of having everything he ever wanted. He’s finally been called up from the minor leagues to play on a championship team. And he just had the most mind-blowing night with the woman of his dreams. But now that he’s an official Thunder player, Dixie is determined to keep her distance. None of the fame and fortune means anything to him without her to share it. If he truly wants Dixie in his life, it’s time to throw down his gloves and put everything on the line.

The San Francisco Thunder series: Score

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Slammed by Victoria Denault is sexy as hell. It’s funny, sweet, and charming, too. A publicist and a hockey player team up as a steamy duo. Their lust and attraction create a heady combination for this tale. But rules are required and one of them could lose everything…

Victoria Denault’s writing is superb. I was cheering all the way for both protagonists. I laughed a lot through these pages. The tension between the hot hockey goalie and the daring publicist, was intriguing. I couldn’t stop reading…they kept the story alive. It felt three dimensional. Their family lives are different and each one is suffering from their own issue. Eli’s parents are strict and unemotional. They never supported him or his brother. Then there’s Dixie and her big bold family. They’re loud and annoying at times but overall, a super friendly group. Dixie’s father’s health seems to be taking a nose dive…her career isn’t what she thought it would be, and her role model isn’t the person that she thought either. Then, there’s the stupid rule of no relationships with the hockey team…yet, she and Eli are breaking it anyway. Eli got cut upon the ice awhile ago and it haunts him. He hasn’t been the same college hockey guy since the accident. Dixie pushes his butt into accepting help from a sports psychologist. As their heat builds so does their secret relationship…there will come a time they have to let it out or break it off…

Neither Dixie nor Eli want to let go…

Slammed is one of the best sports romances that I’ve read in a long time. Victoria Denault knew how to draw my attention to the characters and their issues. She was a pro on hooking me onto the plot. It went by so fast, I couldn’t believe it. Overall, I highly recommend this sexy unforgettable novel to all.

Review: The Rogue is Back in Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…Lord Samuel Travis is back.

—The London Hearsay, special society edition

Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.

Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing and make her simmer with desire?

As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?

 

Don’t miss the Wayward Wallflower books by Anna Bennett!

My Brown-Eyed Earl (Book 1)

I Dared the Duke (Book 2)

The Rogue is Back in Town (Book 3)

What Reviewers are saying:

“Sharply drawn characters, clever dialogue…simmering sensuality.” – Library Journal

“A new favorite among romance enthusiasts!” – BookPage on I Dared the Duke

“Will truly win readers’ hearts.” – RT Book Reviews Top Pick on I Dared the Duke

“Bennett brings new life to traditional Regency stories and characters. ” – Kirkus Reviews on I Dared the Duke

 

 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett is sexy yet charming tale. I was delighted by Anna Bennett’s talent. Her words were enchanting. I laughed out loud and felt in love with the rogue and his charming beauty of a lady. The lady was smart, gorgeous, and loyal to her family. She fell under the rogue’s brother’s charm. Juliette thought Sam’s brother was the good man. But he only turned out to be a no good scoundrel. The funny but sweet part was that the noted and famous brother aka scoundrel was the real gentleman. Sam proved to be more than he and society originally thought he was. He was a good man like his father was. It was his brother who proved to be the dirt bag…

The novel was intense. Lusty, hilarious, and downright scandalous. Anna Bennett had me hooked. This novel was intriguing from the first page. I couldn’t stop myself. It was just that good. Oh, Sam, is a man that would melt any woman’s heart. He has so much to offer but isn’t aware of it until he met his match, Juliette.

The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett is a historical romance, I won’t forget. Its characters are believable. Strong, determined, and good natured. It’s hard to not love them all especially, Juliette’s uncle. That older man is a sweetie! Overall, I highly recommend this title to all readers. Family, love, and adventure are found deep inside this book.

Review: Cowboy Stole My Heart

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman’s heart…

SHE’S RIDING SOLO…

As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn’t mean she’s some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she’s harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she’s his boss?

HE’S TAKING THE REINS…

Sam Mendes is through with love—or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he’s doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It’s bad enough she’s the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It’s even worse she’s got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he’s supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job—and breaking his heart—to win the girl of his dreams?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane is an entertaining tale. A young woman who has always loved a man. And a man who is broken and trying to stay away from love. Then, there’s the magnetic pull he feels towards one untouchable woman, Mia. Sam knows he can’t have her. She’s his boss. Mia knows what she wants but isn’t sure how to make it work…

Attraction, lust, and a common love of working on a ranch…is found in this heated title. Soraya Lane writes with a clear purpose. To seduce her readers and engage their hearts…that’s exactly what happened, here. I was hooked. I felt the characters’ feelings and their dilemmas. It was funny, sweet, and charming. Temptation day in and day out will eventually get them both…it’s just a matter of time. Cowboy Stole My Heart is a sexy contemporary romance. I enjoyed reading it. It wasn’t as powerful as some in its genre but it still was powerful enough to keep me reading it. Overall, I recommend it.

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases…

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases:

• Simon Baatz, The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century (Mulholland Books, 1/16)

• Omer Bartov, Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (Simon & Schuster, 1/23)

• Ronen Bergman, Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations (Random House, 1/23)

• Niall Ferguson, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook (Penguin Press, 1/16)

• David Frum, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Harper, 1/16)

• Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (St. Martin’s Press, 1/16)

• Karl Ove Knausgaard, Winter (Penguin Press, 1/23) – The next installment of his seasonal quartet.

• John Leland, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old (Sarah Crichton Books, 1/23)

• Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies Die (Crown, 1/16)

• Kathryn Mannix, With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial (Little, Brown and Company, 1/16)

• Katja Petrowskaja, Maybe Esther: A Family Story (Harper, 1/30)

• Jonathan D. Quick, The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It (St. Martin’s Press, 1/30)

• J. Randy Taraborrelli, Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill (St. Martin’s, 1/30)

• Joshua Zeitz, Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House (Viking, 1/30)

Commercial Fiction Releases…

Some of the big names and talents launching new books in the second half of January:

• Melanie Benjamin, The Girls in the Picture (Delacorte Press, 1/16)

• Alafair Burke, The Wife (Harper, 1/23)

• Pierce Brown, Iron Gold (Del Rey, 1/16) – Book 4 of the Red Rising Saga.

• Karen Day, I’ll Stay (Kensington, 1/30)

• Tim Dorsey, The Pope of Palm Beach (Morrow, 1/30)

• Meg Gardiner, Into the Black Nowhere (Dutton, 1/30)

• Robert Harris, Munich (Knopf, 1/16)

• Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Murders (Minotaur, 1/23)

• Jojo Moyes, Still Me (Pamela Dorman Books, 1/30) – The latest Louisa Clark novel.

• Nick Petrie, Light It Up (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1/16)

• Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, City of Endless Night (Grand Central Publishing, 1/16) – The Agent Pendergast series returns.

• Christopher Reich, The Take (Mulholland Books, 1/16)

• Lucinda Riley, The Pearl Sister (Atria Books, 1/23) – Book 4 of The Seven Sisters series.

• J.D. Robb, Dark in Death (St. Martin’s Press, 1/30)

• Jonathan De Shalit, Traitor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 1/30)

• Danielle Steel, Fall From Grace (Delacorte, 1/23)

Recommended Books

• James Anderson, Lullaby Road (Crown, 1/16)

• Stefan Merrill Block, Oliver Loving (Flatiron Books, 1/16)

• Dara Horn, Eternal Life (W. W. Norton & Company, 1/23)

• Howard Frank Mosher, Points North: Stories (St. Martin’s Press, 1/23)

• Thisbe Nissen, Our Lady of the Prairie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1/23)

• Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Penguin Books, 1/23)

• Jody Shields, The Winter Station (Little, Brown and Company, 1/30)

• Tim Wirkus, The Infinite Future (Penguin, 1/16)

• Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (Lee Boudreaux Books, 1/16)

Review: Lady Jayne Disappears

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanne Davidson Politano is similar to novels from the Bronte sisters. Strong leading female protagonists with a goal in mind. Here, there’s a bounty of mystery, intrigue, and suspense. A father’s death leaves behind a gift for his daughter. A task to finish the story of her mother’s disappearance. Just like the Bronte sisters, Aurelie uses a male pen name. Her father’s pen name. No one knows but her…from there she digs into details and searches for clues.

Lady Jayne Disappears is an interesting story. The cover and blurb peeked my curiosity. The plot was steady and mysterious. I wasn’t sure what I would find. The main character dragged me along. Following her, kept me glued to the tale. Characters were well-developed. The whole thing felt real, and it captured the time period. Joanne Davidson Politano is a great writer. Her characters have a way of luring readers like myself into her book. Overall, I recommend to readers who love a good woman’s fiction/mystery to read.

Review: When You Love a Scotsman

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell sweeps readers away with the passion-filled adventures of the MacEnroy brothers, seven daring Scotsmen who take on America in her most turbulent days—and capture the hearts of the ladies each is destined to wed . . .

With danger closing in from all sides, Abigail Jenson works tirelessly to protect her small Missouri farm. She doesn’t require saving—but a handsome officer appears on horseback just as ruthless marauders set her cabin ablaze. With nowhere else to turn, Abigail allows the soldier with the seductive Highlander’s gaze to escort her to shelter in a nearby town.

Matthew MacEnroy was reluctant to join his adopted nation’s conflict—until an enemy attack wounded two of his brothers. Bravely doing battle has its price when a proud, independent beauty comes under his watch—no military man can risk the powerful emotions their attraction has unleashed. But when Matthew himself is caught in the crossfire, Abigail leads their long journey home to MacEnroy valley . . . and her caring touch sparks the promise of a bold future together.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

When You Love a Scotsman by Hannah Howell is a great read. This story wasn’t what I thought it would be. Meaning, it was exactly as the title stated…but it was different from similar titles. Here, a young woman loses her brother, pet, and both parents. The house also burnt down…leaving behind the barn if it didn’t get caught with enemy fire. Abby had to learn how to survive. She takes after her dad on shooting. A sharp eye, she has. Making the soldiers who are good guys feel less sufficient at shooting. I thought that moment was funny and sweet. A strong female protagonist took form from there.

Matthew is a solider on his was out of the war. His last stop leads him to Abby. A beautiful young woman who can shoot better than most men in the war. Her skill of stitching people also comes in handy. Matthew feels sympathy for Abby. Hearing what she has endured and watching as her parents both died in the fire during an enemy attack. Matthew drags her with them to a town house for abandoned women. There their journey only grows tighter.

Abby finds a young boy to love. A promise to a dying woman leaves her with adopting a baby instead…leaving behind the young boy. A boy brighter than his age and one determined to live with her. Abby thinks about Matthew…

Matthew can’t stop thinking about Abby. He brings her to his home along with the infant. Only time can tell where their hearts and lives will go…

Overall, When You Love a Scotsman by Hannah Howell was an interesting journey. One filled with action, adventure, and hope. Some humor humor and steam can be found within its pages. I enjoyed reading this entertaining title. This historical romance was steady paced with bits of heat, humor, and emotion.

Review: Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun

Synopsis:

A coming-of-age story of Erin and Erika, Texas twins in an abusive home in a town segregated by white and black color lines, who are wounded by the revealing of a shocking family secret and long to escape their circumstances and erase what they have been labeled. Follow their journey in this compelling novel filled with inspiration and triumph.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun is an interesting read. The characters felt so real. I can feel their troubles grow as the pages fly by me. Two sisters, twins, live in a black and white community. A place where there is a lot of racial tension. One twin, holds a lot of hope for the world. Her view is simple. Move away from their town if it’s so bad to live within…yet, her family stays and blames the white man for the lack of good jobs. The father isn’t my favorite character. I think he could be better towards his girls. This book is an emotional journey that will keep readers like myself hooked. Wondering what happens to the twin girls, Erin and Erika. The life they girls live is a difficult one. Yet they find some happiness. I liked how their grandmother, Momma, instilled good Christian values to the girls. She’s a comfort to have and they love her. I respected her. Overall, Meiah Shaun is a great writer. Her words come to life among her pages. Overall, I recommend this novel of hers to readers everywhere.

Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this unrequited love story will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.

Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it’s different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart?

Right. That sounds like a bad movie already.

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck is just as sad and emotionally entertaining as The Fault in Our Stars movie. But there’s more hope, humor, and love to go around in this story. Two friends who mattered to each other more than they originally thought. A guy who couldn’t tell his BFF that he was in  love with her. Then, she gets swept up by another guy, and the animal inside him goes wild. Anger, jealousy, and hurt soon follow Matt. Matt wants Tabby. But Branson beat him to it. He acts out and as fate will have it, he loses her altogether. This novel felt so real it was hard to put it down…the pagesflew by and the character, Matt, made it interesting. I cried just as much as watching the sad movie, The Faukt in Our Stars. So sad…be prepared to have a tissue box handy, because Jared Reck will score a triple home run…

 

 

 

 

 

Review: A Crazy Kind of Love

Synopsis:

In this irresistible new novel by Mary Ann Marlowe, one woman’s up-close and sexy encounter with a tabloid sensation reveals the dizzying—and delicious—dilemma of dating in the spotlight . . .

Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That’s a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger she straddles is that he’s seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he’s also Micah Sinclair—one of rock’s notorious bad boys…

Soon Jo is on the verge of getting fired for missing a Micah Sinclair exclusive. Until she’s suddenly being pursued by the heartthrob himself.  But how can she be sure the musician’s mind-blowing kisses are the real deal? Her colleagues claim he’s a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah’s feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can’t resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media’s latest victim . . .

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

A Crazy Kind of Love by Mary Ann Marlow is a super good contemporary tale. It was gooey and sweet. Heartache, trouble, and a whole ton of drama followed the protagonists everywhere. It was hard not to get sucked into this story. It found its way into my heart. I wanted to cry, laugh, and Hugh the female protagonist. She’s a lot stronger than she thought she was. Josie is the heart of humanity in the paparazzi business. She’s an excellent photographer who worked for the wrong business. Her boss Andy is a total jack***. His vulgar and meaning ways should have had him fired instantly. How he lasted as long as he did will always keep me guessing. Then, there’s the heroine’ best friend, Zion. He’s bi. His heart is in the right place for his BFF, and he is everything a girl could want in a loyal friend. Zion took great care of Josie in every tight situation. I applaud his character. Last but not least, is the heart throb of this novel, Micah. A famous musician. Apparently, his sister has had a bad dealing with the boss that Josie worked for…and her mistrust of Josie is understandable. Yet somehow, the two women became friends. Micah trusted his gut in that Josie is a good person. Not once did he ever doubt her on a professional or on a personal level. He made my heart melt. The issue of Josie’s pain between her and her father’s lack of presence in her life hurt like hell. I felt so sorry for her. Overall, A Crazy Kind of Love is exactly right. A Crazy Kind Love that one never expected to happen…just might happen after all. I highly recommend this novel to all.

Review: A Wedding at Two Love Lane

Synopsis:

Never say never when it comes to love.

Greer Jones has made a real name for herself at the elegant matchmaking agency Two Love Lane. For a lot of reasons—including a past engagement she broke off—practical tech expert Greer is more interested in the business of love than the experience of it, but she can’t help but covet a gorgeous wedding gown that’s the prize in an upcoming cocktail-party contest. In a moment of brazen inspiration, Greer asks a handsome Brit she’s only just met to accompany her to the party. He agrees—and Greer believes her date is a starving artist. Little does she know the truth. . .

Ford Smith, as he calls himself, is actually Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. Fresh off a breakup with a money-grubbing siren who deceived him all the way to the altar, Ford has no desire to fall in love—especially with Greer who, like the desired wedding gown, is beautiful but only skin-deep. But soon Ford realizes that there’s more to Greer than meets the eye. Her professionalism is matched only by her passion for life and love. . .and, best of all, she has no idea that he’s to the manor born. Could it be that true love is priceless after all?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer is a wonderful tale. One woman’s journey to finding a husband. A man finding the right woman to love for the rest of his life. The story was believable and sweet. Engaging, funny, sad, and heartfelt to read. I loved following Greer, a matchmaker, who matches everyone by herself. Ford is wealthy and artistic. He almost married the wrong woman and may be the father of her kids…but meeting Greer changes everything. An emotionally entertaining story that readers like myself won’t ever forget. From going about each day in a ritual to living life fully and finding adventure. Hope, love, and happy beginnings are found, here. Overall, I recommend this enchanting novel to readers everywhere.

Review: Perennials by Juile Cantrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.

Eva—known to all as Lovey—grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother’s stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire—and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey blamed for everything that goes wrong.

At eighteen, Lovey turns down a marriage proposal, flees from Oxford and the expectations of attending Ole Miss, and instead goes to Arizona—the farthest thing from the South she can imagine. She becomes a successful advertising executive, a weekend yoga instructor, and seems to have it all together. But she’s alone. And on her 45th birthday, she can’t help but wonder what’s wrong.

When she gets a call from her father—still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days—insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she’s at wits end. She’s about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, “Family First,” hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time?

Eva’s journey home, to the memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother, becomes one of discovering roots, and truth, and love, and what living perennially in spite of disappointments and tragedy really means. Eva thought she wanted to leave her family and the South far behind . . . but she’s realizing she hasn’t truly been herself the whole time she’s been gone.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Perennials by Julie Cantrell is an interesting read. I found it intriguing. I couldn’t imagine having a distant and bitter relationship with my sister. The major theme  in this contemporary women’s fiction piece is forgiveness.

The main protagonist, Eva, has a great life away from her home and family. That past life is one she worked hard to get away from fast. Yet, now, her parents want her back home for their wedding anniversary. There Eva will have to face her past, her fears, and let go of her demons.

Overall, Perennials is a novel about letting go of the past and moving forward. A journey of hope, truth, and healing. Julie Cantrell can write well. Her characters were easy to relate to and follow. Their troubles were realistic. I enjoyed reading this. I recommend it to readers everywhere.

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Review: One Night

Synopsis:

Thompson may be only seventeen but he knows he’s just checked into Heartbreak Hotel for good, now that his girlfriend, Caroline, has put an end to their burning love. Since then he’s been sleepwalking through his summer job at Super Kmart while desperately dreaming of ways to win her back. He even drops by the Tiki House on Elvis Presley Night hoping that she, a diehard fan of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” will be there as well. That’s when he meets Johnny Lee Young—real estate agent by day, Hawaii’s Favorite Elvis Impersonator by night—and the lovesick teen’s world suddenly takes a wild and unexpected turn.

As luck would have it, Johnny needs a temporary assistant to help with equipment and social media and Thompson eagerly accepts the offer, hoping it will distract him from his painful and lingering romantic issues. But like Thompson, Johnny is nursing a secret heartbreak and pining for his own lost love. So the new roadie starts making plans—with a little help from his friends Ronnie and Greta—to accompany the counterfeit King on an odyssey of a lifetime that will take them far from their island paradise home in search of true love.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

One Night by Deanna Cabinian is an entertaining debut novel. It speaks of music, heartbreak, and friendship. The characters were interesting. Each one was a male nursing a heartbreak. Both had broken hearts and were moping in some format. However, the younger male took to setting Johnny up a love. I found Thompson to be a little too obsessive over his girl. In a way it felt worse than Romeo drooling for his love. But first loves are the most painful and the hardest to get past. The journey for both men was believable and realistic. Johnny seemed to harden from his bad breakup. While Johnny still seemed to hang onto hope and optimism. Their personalities made for a great friendship. Overall, the adventure inside was great to follow. I recommend this to other readers.

Review: Rugged Texas Cowboy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Two HOT cowboys. Two tough-as-spurs heroines. Two steamy romances in one book that will leave readers breathless…and begging for more.

COWBOY AND THE CAPTIVE

Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life—until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .

COWBOY AND THE THIEF

Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh is an interesting collection of two novellas. I found myself blushing, laughing, and enjoying the characters’ as they developed. Heat is sure to be found here, as well as intrigue. Both stories were realistic. I found myself feeling frightened, worried, and happy for Melina in the first tale. The woman in the next one, Angel, is just as tough as the first one was. I loved how Lora Leigh captured these women and made them feel so real. Their heroes were believable, too. Tough, cocky, and sexy these men would make any woman faint on site. They weren’t expecting the women they found yet once they met, they couldn’t let them go.


Cowboy and the Captive was about a young twin sister whose parents never loved her. She was the good twin. Yet her parents were obsessed with Melina’s evil twin. The evil twin had both her parents hooked on her finger. Melina was harassed into accepting jail time for her twin sister. Now, after another bad time, Melina’s parents are asking her to take the rap once more for Maria. Melina was brutally tortured and raped in prison for taking the rap for her twin the first time. Her parents weren’t there to help her nor did they care. All they are about is the drugged up, no good daughter…and when Melina is kidnapped for her safety…her evil twin goes in search of her. To have her serve another prison term while she goes free again…only Maria wasn’t counting on two cowboys…especially, on Luc. Luc would give anything to keep Melina safe. She was his. Sweet, compassionate, and sexy as hell. Melina and Luc have a connection. He’ll fight like hell to save her.

 

Cowboy and the Thief is full of fiery heat. A woman who can level any man. The heat the comes off the pages is intense. Both feel a pull but due to the cowboy’s reputation, Angel doesn’t want anything to do with Jack. Jack is a love them and leave them kind of cowboy. Until he meet one woman he can’t stop thinking about…Angel. Angel and her Irish language and charm have Jack wanting her more. She wants a happily ever after…and Jack wants only a one time fling. Fun, intense, and charming. Lora Leigh has presented her hero, Jack, with a female that matches his compassion and challenges him as a man. I loved the playful banter between the two protagonists. Overall, The Rugged Texas Cowboy is a must read. Strong female characters with matching male protagonists. Hot, hilarious, and thrilling to read. Lora Leigh has always been one of my favorite romance novelists. In this book, readers can see why. Her teasing words, vivid scenes, and intensity of curiosity sucked me into this collection. The characters…are ones that tugged at my heart and made me smile throughout the pages. I highly recommend this contemporary romance to readers everywhere.

Review: Mama Graciela’s Secret

Synopsis:

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that MamA secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, MamA must come up with a plan to save it–and all of the animals she loves.

Rating: 5-stars
Review:
Mama Graciela’s Secret by Maya Calvani is a beautiful engaging story. The pages are wonderfully illustrated to match every scene. This is definitely a story for children and adults alike. Animal lovers will love Mama Graciela and her effort to save the cats that come to her restaurant. I found entertaining, sweet, and educational.


Review: Better Off Wed

Synopsis:

**Winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel!**

Planning weddings can be murder. But stumbling across dead bodies usually isn’t on the itinerary. Can a wedding planner use her skills to discover who’s killing her clients?

Society wedding planner Annabelle Archer is no stranger to wedding day stress, but a dead body at her latest fete takes the cake. When suspicion falls on her best friend and caterer Richard Gerard, she knows she must find the real culprit before his career is ruined along with her reputation for solving problems. But it’s no easy feat since the slain mother-of-the-bride was the most hated socialite in the city. As Annabelle navigates DC’s powerful social scene to unmask the culprit, there’s no telling how many more victims the killer will claim or if Annabelle and her friends will be among them.

Better Off Wed is the first book in the Annabelle Archer cozy mystery series. If you like charming characters, fast-paced comedy, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the wild world of weddings, then you’ll love Laura Durham’s Agatha award-winning mystery.

Get Better Off Wed to discover the award-winning mystery series, today!

Interview with the Author

Q – So, what makes the Annabelle Archer series special?

A – The Annabelle Archer wedding planner mysteries are based on my 20 plus years of planning society weddings in Washington, DC. That means I’ve seen tons of crazy things happen, and I’ve worked with lots of colorful characters. I bring that light-hearted sense of fun and zany characters into the novels. A lot of the humorous details I include in my books actually happened at my weddings! And since the books are about weddings, there is plenty of food, décor, and behind the scenes details.

The Annabelle Archer books are fast-paced cozy mysteries featuring a female protagonist with a little romance and comedy thrown in. You’ll find the series focuses on murder mystery and amateur sleuth genre overall, with a jewelry heist caper in the mix to keep things interesting!

Q – What order should I read the books in?

A – You won’t be lost if you read the books in this cozy mystery series out of order but if you do want to read them in order, I’d suggest the following sequence:

Better Off Wed

– For Better Or Hearse

– Dead Ringer—A Novella

– Review To A Kill (pre-order)

– Death On The Aisle (coming soon)

Q – So, why should readers give these books a try?

A – Because the Annabelle Archer cozy mystery series is fun, light, and the perfect escape or beach reading. The series has hit the top ten bestsellers list on Kindle for Cozy Mysteries and Women Sleuths. Plus, the first book in the series won the Agatha Award for the Best First Novel.

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Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Better Off Wed by Laura Durham is a hilarious yet deadly cozy mystery. I haven’t read too many novels featuring the wedding planner as a woman sleuth. Annabelle Archer is a wedding planner who hates the current MOB (mother of bride). With her best friends as the caterer and planning assistant, Annabelle hopes to make it through the wedding. The MOB is one of the nastiest ones to deal with…Annabelle jokes with her two friends about killing the MOB. And as fate has it…that’s the one person who turned up dead…and guess who found her…the trio.

Detective shows up and questions the friends as well as the rest of the wedding party. Apparently, Richard, Annabelle’s caterer friend, is being suspected of murder! That’s when Annabelle and her friends go about solving who did it. Only as they question more leads…others die and Annabelle’s apartment is trashed. But that isn’t the worst part. The killer is after her…not knowing why until it’s almost too late. The police arrest one killer but is that the real killer? Annabelle doesn’t think so…her gut says otherwise. The Detective on the case shows interest in Annabelle yet she’s not interested in romance yet…her blushes say it all. From an older woman as a nosy neighbor that is trying to set her up with men to her friends encouraging her to date…Annabelle will have her hands full of trouble.

Better Off Wed is sweet, funny, and sexy. The mysterious plot hooked me instantly. The web of danger and intrigue kept me interested. I couldn’t put the novel down…Laura Durham is a talented writer. I loved her cast of characters. I didn’t know who the killer was until it was revealed to me later. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this exciting series. Definitely, a page-turning read. Overall, I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere.

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I Let You Go and I See You, brings us a gripping story

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Let Me Lie

by Clare Mackintosh

Available March 13, 2018
from Berkley

Unable to live without the other, Tom and Caroline Johnson commit suicide. Since their deaths, their daughter Anna has spent her days trying to come to terms with the tragedy. Now with a young baby of her own, Anna yearns for closure and resolves to find out what really happened to her parents. But for every answer Anna finds, a new question emerges. Nothing is as it seems.

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The story begins as the War of 1812 is in its final days. Anne Couper, the spirited young daughter of a prominent St. Simons family, is attending a house party at Dungeness, an estate on nearby Cumberland Island, when a contingent of British Royal Marines, on a mission to free slaves, invades the island. They make Dungeness their headquarters, and all its occupants, including Anne Couper, become their captives. From the moment Anne meets British lieutenant John Fraser, she knows her once-secure life as the sheltered only daughter of planter John Couper will never be the same. It isn’t. Within a year of their initial separation at the end of Britain’s war with the United States, John Fraser, no longer needed by the Royal Marines because his country has finally defeated Napoleon, returns to Georgia to make Anne his wife.

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Purrfect Crime by Nic Saint

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It’s the nightmare Max hoped would never happen–the day he prayed would never come: Odelia has put him on a diet! Oh, and there’s another murder to solve. Good thing Dooley, Harriet and Brutus give Max a helping paw, because all this dieting is seriously hampering his sleuthing skillz!
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When former actress and lifestyle guru Donna Bruce is found murdered in her sauna cabin, stung to death by bees, Odelia and Chase are on the case. Meanwhile Odelia’s tabby Max has his own issues to deal with. The vet has decided the flabby tabby is too flabby and has put Max on a strict diet. Feeling weak and out of sorts, the blorange cat has a hard time coming up with original ideas to solve the crime his human is grappling with. And then there’s the fact that Odelia has decided that this time Harriet, her mother’s white Persian, is in charge of the case, leading the feline sleuths even further astray.
Harriet’s idea of investigating a crime is surfing the web and sifting through Internet gossip, and since Odelia doesn’t seem to be making any headway in the case it’s up to Max and Dooley to save the day and find that telling clue that will lead them to Donna’s killer. Will Max be able to stick to his diet? Will Gran be able to control her online shopping habits? And will Odelia and Chase finally go on their first date? Find out in…

Purrfect Crime, the fifth installment in the funny cozy cat mystery series The Mysteries of Max.

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Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Nic

Free Book & a $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited to share the cover for next release! It’s hot and dirty and I hope you like it as much as I do 😍

I also have an awesome giveaway for you today to celebrate!

Dirty Beginning is Coming December 11th for FREE!

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Dirty Beginning is…

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It’s a prequel novella and the beginning of a new series. Each book in the series is going to be a full-length standalone romance that is, of course, dirty and dark. And focuses on a different couple from this world.

The first full-length book in the series is…Dirty Obsession and will be coming in January.

Dirty Beginning Teaser…

I can’t go after him.

Not because I’m only in Italy for one month and there is no way anything but a fling can happen between us.

I can’t kiss him.

Not because his lips aren’t kissable. I writhe and ache imagining what his lips would feel like to be pressed up against my lips as our tongues tangle together in a passionate kiss.

I can’t think about him.

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I sure as hell can’t sleep with him.

Not because I don’t want to.

Not because he wouldn’t be the most life-altering sex I’ve ever had.

Not because he’s out of my league.

Not because he doesn’t want me.

I can’t have him because he’s dangerous. And I’m obsessed.

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Review: To the Duke, with Love

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.

A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady

Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating—and unexpectedly intoxicating—obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.

Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother—a gentle, good-natured soul—should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well. . .

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey is an intriguing regency romance. Arranged marriages and refusal to be married to the wrong person…can create an irresistible plot like this one. Wow! So, the strong heroine is a bit biased on arranged marriages. However, as I discovered, she has some right to be biased. It happened to her and didn’t bide well. She ended up vowing to be celibate and forced to live alone in the country. But, she has a loving brother who dotes on her. He comes with her. Feeling like she finally accepted her fate…a Duke arrives. Causing chaos to her quiet lifestyle. Their banters are playfully wicked and charming.

I couldn’t stop laughing. They really are a couple to follow and love. Their siblings make it even more entangled and exciting. Temptation, isolation, humor, and sexy characters that have enticed readers like me, to read till the ending. What a perfect way to end this adventure…Amelia Grey has stunned me to the core with the level of depth from her characters and the visual scenes that are unforgettable. Overall, I recommend this historical romance to all.

Review: The Science of Making Your Man Adore You…

Synopsis:

When you find someone that you enjoy spending time with, you generally find that you want to be with each other for longer periods of time or that you want to go out every night together and that there’s something decidedly missing when your partner is not there. But how can you get him to be focused only on you and want to spend literally all of his time – his life – with you? If you want to keep your man, get him back and make him worship the ground you walk on, then this book is for you. It will teach you how to achieve all by 30 tricks, those tricks which will change your relationship and eventually your life.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Science of Making Your Man Adore You is an interesting read. The title alone would make most people curious. Susan McCallister has provided many ways to lure your man back to you. Keep his interest. And to get your man to crazily fall in love with you. Desire, interest, and intrigue are key themes in this book. The book goes further to tell readers what they shouldn’t do and why. Some things we do can push our loved ones away instead of getting their attention to come closer. Susan goes on to say how to figure out what to do, why, and when. Her advice is understandable and believable. I can see sense in everything she has written. Overall, The Science of Making Your Man Adore You is a must read. It’s comforting, as well as educational and informative.

Review: Winners Win, Losers Lose

Synopsis:

Some people seem to win all the time! What is their secret? Is there a way to constantly win? Yes, there actually is. This book, will help you transform your Life to start Winning in every aspect of Life, Improving Your Income, And Start Being an Influencer. This, is your chance to change sides: From the Loser Street to Winner Avenue! Do it now, and see how your life transforms instantly!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Winners Win, Losers Lose by Ted Primo is a nonfiction book. One that motivates individuals who have failed at succeeding in transforming their lives. Ted Primo expertly guides all readers through each step of the transformation process. From exploring where the reader is at to the excuses as to why you didn’t reach success. The steps are easy to follow. The entire book’s format is well-organized. Each pages takes readers from the start to end in this transformational life process. His secrets and tips are wonderful.

Review: Haunting the Deep

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather is deeply engaging. Spooky, intriguing, and mysterious scenes keep me turning the pages. I love historical events. Here, the writer has brought another historical event to life. The terror of the horrible fate is relived once again. That alone brought chills to my spine. Then, there was the drama that the teen, Sam, faced. Someone is causing her trouble and if it’s not stopped soon, she could be added into that terrible fate…

Adriana Mather’s writing is good. I felt intrigued. My curiosity got the better of me as I continued to read. The main protagonist, Sam is very likable. Sam seems like a very normal teenage girl her age. She goes through the same issues every teen girl goes through…which makes t easy enough to connect with her. Themes of witchcraft and bullying are found on these pages. The ties to Salem witch trials and the Titanic made this one spectacular read. Overall, I enjoyed following the characters. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I recommend Haunting the Deep to readers everywhere.