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Sweet Haven Book Review

Sweet Haven (A Home Sweet Home Novel) by Shirlee McCoy

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher:Zebra

Source: NetGalley

Personal Thoughts: Sweet Haven was a new read for me as I have never read a book by this author and her style took a bit of time to get used to. It tells the story of Adeline (Addie) Lamont as she takes over her grandfather’s chocolate shop while he is recovering in the hospital after a fall. The story talks about how she is always struggling to make the world famous fudge recipe, her never ending to do list and new and unexpected adventures with the tenant that lives upstairs.

Sinclair Jefferson is back in town to do one thing and that is to clean the house that he grew up in and then he is leaving town. He doesn’t account for running into Addie and seeing the sparks that begin there. Throughout the story both get to know each other and their quirks and have to come to terms with their past baggage in order to move on in the future.

Although this was an enjoyable read and funny at times, there were times that the story dragged on and didn’t really capture my attention. There was a bit of a mystery in the plot however it didn’t really add to the story as I thought it would.

Overall a funny, quick read for those looking for a romantic read with great characters.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Echoes in Death Book Review

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date:  February 7, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Library

Synopsis: As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Personal Thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading the latest In Death book in the series however this one was just an ok read. The plot line takes us through a story of different fictional characters in makeup (i.e. the devil, dracula, etc) as the culprit goes around killing people dressed up as a villain. It is up to Eve Dallas to find out why he is doing it and stop him before he picks the next target and it is too late.

Throughout the book, there are echoes (like in the title) that are parallel with Eve’s history of abuse and it is interesting to see how she deals with it now, compared to back in the beginning of the series. Overall, it was a great read but it didn’t really do much compared to some of her other books.

Rating: 3 1/2 /5 Stars

Sunday Kind Of Love Book Review

Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date:  August 2, 2016

Source: Library

SynopsisPublishers Weekly dubbed Twice in a Lifetime one of the Best Romances of Summer 2015 and now Dorothy Garlock, the voice of America’s Heartland, delivers an unforgettable novel about finding love in the most unexpected of places.

Buckton, Indiana, 1956. As post-war America brims with new opportunities, a young woman discovers the courage to follow her dreams-and her heart . . .

Gwendolyn Foster’s life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether-to be a writer-and she won’t rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her, not own her . . . that’s what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places.

Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother’s death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it’s only fitting. He blames himself too. So he’s shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. And before long, everything changes for them. Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they’re wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she’s always wanted. And with Gwen, Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her.

But braving the town that turns against them isn’t the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever .

Personal Thoughts: I haven’t read a Garlock book in some time and it was a nice change from my latest books that I have been reading. I loved the back drop of the story as it was different from her usual 1920s/1930s time period.

We’re told about the story of how Gwen and Hank, the town outcast, first meet, then become friends and then so much more. What adds to the story is the fact that she already has a suitor and a proposal to go along with it but things aren’t what they seem with her current suitor. Through a few intervening events, everything that Gwen has ever believed in will be challenged and she will need to make a choice that will impact the rest of her life, for better or worse.

This story held me captivated through the entirety of the characters journey, made me want to know what would happen next and did not disappoint. Although the events that happened were interesting, there were some points in the story that were predictable and you could tell what would happen next. Overall, it was still a quick and enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone that has read this author before.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Secret Sisters Book Review

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: December 8, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Library

Synopsis:  No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One andRiver Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.
Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.
Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.
Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.
Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth…

Personal Thoughts: In the latest Krentz novel, we are taken on to a place where the past is best left alone and not talked about. Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death and finds out that the secret that she and Daphne have kept buried is no longer a secret. Without a choice, she and Daphne are brought back together both in friendship and in fear of the past. It’s unfortunate that she cannot trust the local cops due to the past, so she turns to the hotel’s new security expert, Jack.

He is no ordinary man and has many hidden talents. He brings in his brother Abe to help out when things start to get murky and dangerous. There is no one else that he could trust more. As the four of them begin to delve deeper into the mystery of what happened all of those years ago, there is no turning back.

Overall, this was a great read and I loved the banter between Jack and Madeline. Their characters were done really well and made the storyline that much more likeable. I’d recommend this to fans of Jayne Ann Krentz as it will not disappoint.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Visions Blog Tour

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Series: The Mystical Encounter #1
Release date: December 6th 2014
Purchases: Amazon
 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
“Since problems don’t exist in the euphoric world she envisions, my life will never measure up because it will always be problematic.”
Heather Reiner isn’t your typical teenager. With abilities reaching far beyond the norm, she’s just beginning to discover the possibilities.
Growing up different from her peers hasn’t been easy. From being ridiculed by classmates to her mother’s unwillingness to accept anything paranormal, life’s been rather difficult. At an attempt to escape their past, her mother moves them to another state. Heather soon realizes though, you can’t run from a problem that begins inside yourself.A guy from her new school, Barry, is captivated the first time he sees her. Determined to know her better, he soon learns her layers of complication run deep. With persistence, he chips away at her shield until each protective layer starts unveiling itself. Heather wants a chance at an ordinary life, one where her abilities remain hidden. But secrets never stay hidden forever. They have a way of surfacing, revealing themselves when you least expect. Is normalcy obtainable, or will the mystery about herself be discovered? And if discovered, will Barry be like everyone else and turn away?
Personal Thoughts:This book was a nice unexpected surprise. I was drawn in to it by its concept and the plot. Heather, the main character, is a little bit different from everyone around those because she has a gift. Her special abilities have made her hide away from those around her and it works for a while. However, the plan doesn’t work when her mother makes them move to a new state.
Over time the new move proves to be a good re-start for Heather because she meets her friends Nicole and Barry. Through them she starts to get a support system that wasn’t there before. It also helps that Nicole believes in Heather’s abilities and their bond is built strong because of that.
The visions were the most interesting section for me of the book since I love the experiential and clairvoyance factors. The unknown and things that exist but we can’t prove are fascinating and the way that the author described the scenes really made the book for me. 🙂 The pace was well done and it didn’t feel too rushed or like it was dragging down. With every chapter that I read the story kept getting more and more interesting and I needed to know what was going to happen.
Overall the author did a great job and I definitely cannot wait to read more! 🙂
“It all began to fall into place, the toy – my dreams. More pieces of the puzzle revealed, with edges that are actually starting to snap together. I laughed sarcastically. It was ironic… Mom moved me four hundred miles away to try to dispel my visions only to lead me right in the middle of another one. Why? Of all places to live, why did she have to pick that house? Was there no place safe? “
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Readnour
Kimberly is a newly published author of Visions, a planned three book trilogy. She is a former Registered Nurse who hung-up her stethoscope to pursue other avenues. Within the last five years, she has discovered her passion for writing. Now, whenever there is downtime, you will find her tucked away with the computer, creating the stories floating around her head. Kimberly lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. The oldest is away at college, but when she returns, they enjoy hiking, camping, and simply hanging out as a family.

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Christmas on 4th Street Book Review

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Source: Net Galley

Synopsis: There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.

Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse..

Personal Thoughts:  Christmas on 4th Street brings us back to the town of Fools’ Gold and its quirky towns people. They will welcome you with open arms, but watch out because if you hurt someone they care about, they will come after you. Fool’s Gold tends to take care of its own.

That brings us to Noelle and Gabriel. She owns the everything to do with Christmas store called The Christmas Attic. She’s heard of Gabriel because he is Gideon’s brother but he hasn’t been around much. From the start there is something that is different about Gabriel. He has a tough shell but there is a tenderness within that is asking to be let out. Before we know it, he has been hired to work with Noelle and they strike as an interesting pair. As the story progresses and we get to know Gabriel’s side of the family, we learn that things weren’t always too peachy and life was more about duty than love.

Will Noelle’s joyful spirit change Gabriel’s outlook on life or is it too late for the burnout doctor? Only time will tell. Join us and the rest of the Fool’s Gold crowd as they watch an unlikely romance unfold.

Overall the story is a quick read and full of romance and comedy.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The Beautiful and The Cursed Book Review

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The Beautiful and The Cursed by Page Morgan

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Synopsis (Goodreads): After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris. In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing. No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home. Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried

Personal Thoughts: Page Morgan is a new author for me and I didn’t really know what to expect. The Beautiful and The Cursed  was an interesting read to say the least. It had the back drop of Paris, France, gargoyles and the demons to be reckoned with. The character development was somewhat lacking I found. There is a higher focus on Luc and Ingrid compared to the rest of the characters, but even then, this couple is frustrating on their own. I was  annoyed when Luc did some of the things that he did. It was interesting to see the struggle between Luc and Ingrid and be the fly on the wall. Just by trying to have something together they were breaking the rules, but sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

I did find the overall story and plot to be fascinating. I love history and the gargoyle shifting was fascinating to read about. The whole back story to them was compelling as well. The story was well paced and there were no slow parts within the book. There wasn’t that much revealed about Axia and what she was  going to do, but I think that we will find out in the sequel. Another thing that was quite interesting to read was that just when you thought that you knew what was going to happen something else happened which completely side blinded you and you were left in shock. There are quite a few surprised that is for sure.

I found the ending to be sort of anti-climatic. It did not end the way that I would have preferred it to end. However, I will definitely be checking out the sequel to this series.

Rating: 3/5 Stars