Reviews

Right Text Wrong Number by Natalie Decker

Ruth West - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Title: Right Text Wrong Number
Author: Natalie Decker
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Published: July 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult




The writing was mediocre and the storyline while intriguing the execution fell flat. The book had a great cover and interesting blurb but while reading I could not connect with the characters. While the book is geared toward a young adult audience and teens, the writing felt dumbed down and made the teens look immature. The writing suffers from the issue of telling rather than showing emotion. There are young adult books that show teens being intelligent and thoughtful characters, with a voice that is mature while still struggling through adolescence. This book was too juvenile in terms of writing but with content for upper YA. There are moments I absolutely can't stand Layla's character. Her boyfriend ditches her and she has to get a ride from someone else and then she instantly forgives him within seconds of seeing him. Then the next chapter this just made me cringe.

"I hope he's not in an accident somewhere. Then again, I hope he is because then I can't be mad at him for being this late."

That line makes Layla seem incredibly selfish. She should have stood up to him for ditching her, rather than forgive and forget and pretend it was no big deal. Who wishes someone was in an accident for being late? That is just an awful thing to think. The writing and story for me just didn't work.

Reviewed by Jenna Malone

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The Princess and the Laird by C.A. Szarek

Ruth West - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Title: The Princess and the Laird
Author: C.A. Szarek
Publisher: Paper Dragon Publishing
Published: May 9, 2017
Genre: Historical, Scottish Highlander



The book was good. It was exciting and grabbed me about 1/2 way thru to keep reading. The book was well written (meaning editing and punctuation) and the characters were trustworthy. Even the villain, although, there should have been a bit more interaction with this character, thought he was a bit lazy, but then he was a prince (ha, ha). I really enjoyed the heroine, but the hero needed more strength. He didn't seem to fight enough for me. If he had fairy blood, why didn't some of it come out? Could have given him strength. The book seemed a bit one sided, more heroine than hero, that's what lacked strength.
Overall it was a good book and I enjoyed the story enough to purchase the next one in the series.

Reviewed by Luv Smut


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The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

Ruth West - Monday, August 07, 2017

Title: The Gender Game
Author: Bella Forrest
Publisher: self-published
Published: September 24, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian




From the first chapter, as a reader I was drawn to Violet's character. She's flawed in a very dark world that is tasked with a mission in order to "save" her life. The writing is strong, making me easily like Violet, even though she's been in Juvenile Detention. Her actions have proven they have consequences and while she isn't happy with her current situation, she has made the best of it, given her circumstances. As the story progresses and we meet Lee, Violet still down to her roots is the same character from the beginning, recognizing consequence and not just jumping right in blindly without having a conscious for her actions. Violet's character is strong, she's in a world that has a strong influence of women and forced into the strong male dominated society. The world building was quite incredible and well-thought out. There were some things I'd have liked to see more of, but my hope is that we will in the next book.
Reviewed by Katherine K.


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Legacy by Hannah Fielding

Ruth West - Sunday, August 06, 2017

Title: Legacy
Author: Hannah Fielding
Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Published: August 4, 2016
Genre: Contemporary



I give the book 5 stars. Ms. Fielding did a beautiful job of writing. She did a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the book. While reading you feel like you are in Spain experiencing the same thing as Luna and Ruy. One book I highly recommend others to read.
Reviewed by Samantha H.

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Running Wild by J. L. Sheppard

Ruth West - Friday, August 04, 2017

Title: Running Wild (Hell Ryders MC Book 1)
Author: J.L. Sheppard
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Published: June 10, 2016
Genre: Contemporary




From the moment I pick it up to the moment I finished I was intrigued. Sometimes I wanted to step into the story and put my two cents in or knock someone silly to get them on the right track. It has everything, mystery, intrigue, anger, uncertainty, and most important love, you know, the kind that hits you at first sight and just won't let go. Of course the main characters go through hell and back trying to deny their feelings (hence wanting to step into book). The love and raw sexuality are mind blowing and how everyone has each others backs is the way the life they live is. If you are one of theirs they will protect you but if you screw with one of theirs lo and behold to your soul. I could go on and on but I need to get more of J. L. Sheppard's books to read, this one was my first from her and I guarantee it won't be my last.
Reviewed by Anna L.


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Bitter Legacy by C.B. Clark

Ruth West - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Title: Bitter Legacy
Author: C.B. Clark
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: June 7, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense



Bitter Legacy took a few chapters to get into the story. The initial opening chapter features Sharla-Jean returning to her hometown for her father's funeral, wearing a bright red dress. After being estranged with him for seventeen years, she returns to speak with his lawyer and discover what her father left for her. Big Jim's daughter isn't the only one tangled in the will that requires her and Josh, her father's close friend to work together to run her father's mill. At first glance, Sharla-Jean is a tough character but she's not incredibly likable. She's flaunting herself at the funeral, which doesn't help and the town hates her for leaving. Being thrown a new character and finding them unlikeable from the beginning makes it harder to engage with them and empathize their drama. The more that I read Bitter Legacy the more her character began to grow on me and soften, but my initial disconnect with the main character was difficult overall to get over. Josh is a ballsy character, that's pushy but not entirely unreasonable in suggesting a way around the arrangement required by Big Jim. The two of them bang heads or rather lips but there isn't an instant love even if there's an instant attraction, while they seem to hate each other. Working together, they have to discover and solve the mystery of who is trying to destroy the lumber mill and wants them dead.
Reviewed by Kate

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Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin

Ruth West - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Title: Canary Club
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Published: October 16, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance, Young Adult



"Having people fear you gives you power. Having them love you gives you influence. Having both, well, that’s how you build an empire."

There is an obvious sense of wittiness from Masie which is both comical and dramatic. The young woman is powerful and feeds off the power and influence derived from her father, a crime boss. With a story full of speakeasies, bootleggers, and lots of action, Benny and Masie are an interesting combination. Although written with Masie, a character that is seventeen, I think the upper YA mature crowd of readers and adults will enjoy this book far more than most younger teens. The writing is reminiscent of the time period, historically written but not too difficult to read or decipher the intent of the author. There are quotes, like the one above which make you feel like the story flows gracefully and smooth, desiring for you to read more prose within the pages. Early on the author has us feeling for Benny, with his hardships after being released from prison, his fathers death, witnessing two bodies being dumped on the day of his release, and his sisters ailment that affects his family, including his mother. Getting a job with a crime boss to help pay for his sister's visit to a doctor far away seems already like trouble for a man with a prison conviction and for good reason. Add to that the fact that he will inevitably fall hard for the crime boss' daughter and you know trouble is brewing. Canary Clubpulls all the punches with witty writing, action at every turn, interesting characters, and intriguing dialogue that will make you tempted to keep reading from the first page onward. Overall, a satisfying conclusion to a well-rounded story.
Reviewed by: Marissa Vine


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