REVIEW: Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

Book CoverVeena’s review of Night Study (Soulfinders, Book 5) by Maria V. Snyder
Fantasy Romance published by Mira 26 Jan 16

I accidentally stumbled on this series when I read Shadow Study. I was enchanted with the world building and most particularly Yelena. I promised myself that I would go back and read the three earlier books in the series which are referenced in these books, but, unfortunately, while that hasn’t happened yet, I feel fortunate to move forward with Valek and Yelena as they uncover a dastardly plot that threatens all they hold dear.

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REVIEW: Should Have Said No by Tracy Marsh

Book CoverVeena’s review of Should Have Said No (Thistle Bend, Book 1) by Tracy Marsh
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 24 Nov 15

This is a cute contemporary small-town romance. Lindsey arrives in town to set up a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado, where her role puts her smack dab in the middle of a feud between the Crenshaws and Karlssons, who both want her to represent history in their favor. It turns out that she is also not quite unbiased, since the Karlssons are not only distant relatives but they’ve also helped her land this job. As she goes about settling down, meeting the locals and making friends, will she get the chance to find the truth or will her loyalties to the Karlssons get in the way of her growing romance with Carden Crenshaw?

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REVIEW: After You by Jojo Moyes

Book CoverSandy M’s review of After You by Jojo Moyes
Contemporary Fiction published by Pamela Dorman Books 29 Sep 15

I read this book some months ago. I put off writing my review because I just wasn’t sure what I thought and felt about the story at that time. I’m still conflicted to a point, mostly because, I guess, this just isn’t the story I imagined for Lou after Will. I realize it was Ms. Moyes’ story to tell, but of all the ideas I could have imagined her giving readers as a followup, this concept didn’t even enter the stratosphere for me.

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DDS Review: Brightwater Series by Lia Riley

Duckies Do SeriesKristie J’s Duckies Do Series review of Brightwater Series by Lia Riley
Contemporary Romance published by Avon Impulse Jun – Oct 2015

Binge television series watching seems to be the thing to do these days. As I watch very little TV these days, I’ve been doing some binge reading instead. When reading a series of books, I read them all, one after the other. Sometimes this works and sometimes you notice the characters are all too similar.

In the case of Lia Riley and the Brightwater Series, it works very well.

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REVIEW: Things I Can’t Explain by Mitchell Kriegman

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Things I Can’t Explain by Mitchell Kriegman
Contemporary Women’s Fiction published by Thomas Dunne Books 10 Nov 15

I don’t think I ever watched a complete episode of Clarissa Explains It All, since it aired in the years when I only had access to terrestrial/non-cable TV, but I must have seen trailers for it since some of the iconic scenes referenced in this book feel very familiar. TV tie-in books for long defunct shows are nothing new for me (I have friends who wrote Dr Who novels in the decades it was off air, for a start), but it takes a remarkably skilled author to both appeal to that show’s nostalgic former audience and collect new fans – all while working in a very different medium to the original series. It may help that the author in this case is also the show’s creator.

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REVIEW: A Lady’s Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel

Book CoverStevie‘s review of A Lady’s Guide to Ruin (The Birch Hall Romance Series, Book 1) by Kathleen Kimmel
Historical Romance published by Berkley 01 Dec 15

I’m a sucker for mistaken identity capers, although they often rely on a suspension of disbelief: either early on when the reader is expected to go along with the idea that none of the main characters know the difference between the imposter and the person they’re pretending to be, or towards the end of the story when we discover there’s a secret reason why these two apparently unrelated characters look so similar. In the case of this book, I was particularly intrigued by the imposter having escaped from Bedlam, so I took my chances with a brand new author.

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REVIEW: Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy

Book CoverVeena’s review of Kill Without Mercy (Ares Security, Book 1) by Alexandra Ivy
Romantic Thriller published by Zebra 29 Dec 15

Ms. Ivy is my go-to author for paranormal and supernatural stories, so I was pleasantly surprised with this new series. Five men bonded together in a Taliban prison under the harshest of conditions. Back stateside while they each deal with their memories and scars in their own unique way, they definitely live the motto “one for all and all for one,” as is amply demonstrated in this book. Readers fear not, this story is not completely vanilla, since the author builds in some interesting psychic elements that assure her reputation as queen of paranormal remains intact.
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REVIEW: The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High

Book CoverSandy M’s review of The Splendor of Ordinary Days (Watervalley, Book 3) by Jeff High
Contemporary Fiction published by NAL 6 Oct 15

I didn’t realize I’d missed visiting the folks of Watervalley, Tennessee, until I received this third book in the series to read and review. I’ve loved Dr. Luke Bradford from the beginning and have such fun living his new experiences in small-town America with him. I’ve come to love his quirky neighbors as much as he has.

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