Reviews

An Heiress in Disguise by Jennifer Wenn

Ruth West - Thursday, July 13, 2017

Title: An Heiress in Disguise
Author: Jennifer Wenn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Releases: August 30, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance




I loved this story! I enjoyed learning about the relationship between Mina and her parents and how it grew throughout the story line. I really liked Jamie, getting to know his background and what had happened to him. I thought it was interesting that Jamie didn't trust Mina, esp considering his back story with Aurelie. There wasn't any mention of Jamie's wounds from the prologue. How did he recover? Was he avenged? Was he left for dead? So many characters were introduced when she arrived at the duchess' house, I got lost a couple times. But I really enjoyed them and would love to hear some of their stories. There were 2 times I felt this story just dropped off and picked up later in time with no explanation, but it was still really easy to follow. And I loved the surprise ending! I cheered for Jamie & Mina. I also always really appreciate a good epilogue where we get to see the characters working out their happily ever after. I definitely would read more by this author, and I would read this book again.
Reviewed by Liz

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Banded by Logan Byrne

Ruth West - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Title: Banded
Author: Logan Byrne
Publisher: self-published
Published: Feb 20, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Futuristic, Dystopian


There are far too many similarities in Banded to the dystopian young adult book, Divergent, and even a hint of Harry Potter with the sorting hat. The likeness to Divergent wasn't entirely a surprise given the description of the book (6 factions separated in Manhattan for the good of the country), but I had hoped that the author would have put their own creative spin on things, including the world building, instead of feeling the sense of deja vu while reading this book. When reading about the simulation in the jungle, all I could think was this book is too reminiscent, same with the fighting scenes, being forced to train and fight. This was the one aspect where I thought this book could have differed significantly because the group that Kaleena is put into, isn't tasked with fighting. Instead the book went in the same direction, again, as Divergent. Now, with all that being said, Banded was well-written with decent pacing and I was anxious to read the next chapter and not put down the book. I would have loved Banded had the originality been entirely the authors and not taken from other young adult novels, so much so that I found it distracting. There wasn't a dose of heavy romance like Divergent, which I found to be the biggest difference and the fact that everyone is forced to wear bands, something that I thought could have been further developed and expanded. What makes this book absolutely wonderful and unique, is lost in the repetitiveness of similar works in the same genre. 
Reviewed by Marissa Vine


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Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole

Ruth West - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Title: Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Author: Addison Cole
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: June 14, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Sweet Romance




A light summer beach read full of romance and sizzle with a heavy dose of sweetness. Read, Write, Love at Sea starts with a predictable but romantic beginning when thriller-writer Kurt catches sight of the beauty Leanna chasing her dog into the ocean, trying to rescue Pepper while also finding herself drowning in the process from the recent storm brewing. Kurt is a well-developed character that oozes sexiness while Leanna is the ever present free-spirit. Although the book moves quickly there's no feeling of instalove from the reader or a rushed romance. It is clear that Kurt and Leanna are two very different people, yet their chemistry is undeniable. It is easy to fall in love with Leanna and Kurt. Their flirting is one of the most memorable aspects of this story, as the sexual tension is gradually built up without scenes of explicit sex or vulgar language.

Reviewed by Jenna Malone

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Forever Ours by Trisha Leigh

Ruth West - Friday, July 07, 2017

Title: Forever Ours
Author:Trisha Leigh
Published: April 27, 2017
Publisher: Evermore Publishing
Category: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance

 


Forever Ours was an easy, page-turning romance focusing on sixteen year old foster kid Claire. Reminiscent of the television show The Fosters, Forever Ours is well-written, engaging, and rather steamy for a young adult read. Chris and Claire are both likable and complex characters. Although the characters are sixteen, this book is better suited for the 18+ up crowd due to sexual content, extensive use of the F-word, and the adult situations in the story. The book is written like a new adult novel but the ages of the characters make it classified as young adult. The disclaimer on Amazon states that it was rereleased for a young adult audience which I find misleading since I would not recommend this book for the YA crowd. Having not read any previous version, I cannot say what was or was not changed.   Read More

The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

Ruth West - Thursday, July 06, 2017

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Steal by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruth West - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Title: Steal
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 2, 2017
Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises INC




Will and Angelica have a tangled past, mixed with drug abuse. Steal starts out slow as we gain insight into Will and Angelica's history together. There is no instalove since the characters already know one another. There's a definite dislike between Will and Angelica which makes sense given their history, yet I wasn't feeling any overt sexual tension between them or warmth toward either characters as the book progressed. In fact all their bickering and anger toward one another made me not care what happened between them. It was a little too much early on, causing a disconnect for the reader. The writing is clean and on occasion slightly poetic. There are moments of humor that do lighten up the story, making it fall somewhat into the romantic comedy category, though I personally would classify this novel solely as Contemporary and if it were a movie: Drama.

Reviewed by Samantha Peters

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Protecting Her by Kira Blakely

Ruth West - Monday, July 03, 2017

Title: Protecting Her: A Billionaire Secret Baby Romance 
Author: Kira Blakely 
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Billionaire, Romance 
Published: June 24, 2017 
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services  



From the first chapter, Protecting Her, draws you in and captures the readers attention, desiring to read more. Fast-paced with steamy scenes tangled with the mystery of who Elspeth is and what happened to her, to make her have amnesia is absolutely thrilling. Prepare to be enraptured and set aside several hours because you won't want to put this story down. Great captivating characters and a scene set that is both exciting and filled with enough detail to easily envision the scenario and feel as though you are there with Finn and Elspeth.

Reviewed by Violet Black

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