Reviews

Believe in My Heart by Maria K. Alexander

Ruth West - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Title: Believe in My Heart
Author: Maria K. Alexander
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Published: Nov 17, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday





This was a well-written contemporary romance. The characters were engaging and I really enjoyed that Hope was honest, vulnerable, and willing to be open to a relationship even though she had recently gone through a break-up. Vinnie had also experienced a break-up, and he was willing to look at himself and make some changes to become a more mature, balanced person. I was drawn in to this story and found it difficult to put down while I read to the end to find out what would happen. I was rooting for these characters. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is the fourth in a series. I will be looking for the other books in this series as well as more books by this author.
Reviewed by Robin


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Rose by Shanna Hatfield

Ruth West - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Title: Rose (Beach Brides Book 9)
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Publisher: Amazon
Published: July 18, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance




This story is part of a 12 book series. Each installment is written by a different author and tells the tale of a different member of the Romantic Hearts Book Club. The latter is an online group of readers who are diehard romantics and have not been successful in love. They all decided to meet so enjoyed a Caribbean vacation together. One night, they each wrote a note hoping it would lead to Mr. Right, stuffed it into a bottle and threw them into the ocean.
Tanner Thomas’ mom finds one of the bottles and after reading the note presses her son about contacting the woman who wrote it. Our hero makes appeasing noises, takes it home, puts it away and promptly forgets all about it.
When he does eventually come across the bottle again, he reads it and is intrigued enough to reach out by email to the author of the missive. As they get to know each other online, Tanner feels compelled to meet the sweet woman. He takes time off and travels to the West Coast in order to do just that.
Rose Lawson lives in a small town and is the owner of a shop called One Vintage Rose. She has been unlucky in love and after having her heart broken has put her efforts in running her shop and teaching crafting classes, there. When her recent online friend shows up unexpectedly, she discovers that he may be the man of her dreams.
Rose is a well-written sweet and gentle romance with a delightfully quirky and charming heroine, humor, and a non-ostentatious-secretly-wealthy-yet-down-to-earth hero. The author swirls in a couple of scene stealing secondary characters for readers to chuckle over and with. It is a lovely standalone read and as a bonus includes a recipe to try. This lighthearted read is great for lazing an afternoon or evening away.

Reviewed by Lil

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Heat by Holly S. Roberts

Ruth West - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Title: Heat
Author: Holly S. Roberts
Publisher: Four Carat Press
Published: Jan 18, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense




Heat was a well-written, fast paced book. Madison Kinlock was very relatable as a former policewoman turned PI, who was attracted to bad guy Catch Xavier Moon. Moon was beyond hot and sexy, plus smart and powerful. I was rooting for these two characters to find a happy ending from just about the first moment they met. The progression of the story made sense and it was hard to put the book down because I wanted to find out how things would turn out.I really enjoyed this book and want to find (and read) others by this author.
Reviewed by Robin


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Under the Stars by Kendra Delugar

Ruth West - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Title: Under the Stars
Author: Kendra Delugar
Publisher: Kendra Delugar
Published: June 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary




This was a sweet, well-written book. Sophie and Gabriel were very real characters and I could relate to what was going on for each of them. The pace of their relationship development made sense and I enjoyed the story. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Reviewed by Robin D.


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Romancing Dr. Love by Rebecca Heflin

Ruth West - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Title: Romancing Dr. Love
Author: Rebecca Heflin
Publisher: Rebecca Heflin Books
Published: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary




Full disclosure, I’ve never read a book by Rebecca Heflin, but I will now be adding her to my ‘to be read’ list. This book, “Romancing Dr. Love” is full of humor and romance. The two main characters are people I would actually want to be friends with. Samantha has a very analytical mind which makes her not want to have anything to do with having a boyfriend. Ethan only has eyes for Samantha and is all about romancing her which she does not understand the concept of. Opposites definitely attract in this great start to a series that I will continue to read.
Reviewed by Kimberly Green

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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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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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Aria's Law by Misha McKenzie

Ruth West - Monday, July 31, 2017

Title: Aria's Law
Author: Misha McKenzie
Publisher: Icasm Press
Published: Dec. 15, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance




Great story that is the start of a series (Burke Witches Book One). It was engaging and the scenes seemed real. The romance scenes were a little light. Characters were interesting but the relationships needed more. There were missed opportunities for heat. I am looking forward to the next book.
Reviewed by BSMerriam


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Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil

Ruth West - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Title: Guardians: The Girl
Author: Lola StVil
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published: January 9, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance




An exciting and page-turning read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, anxious to discover what will happen next. Guardians: The Girl is packed early on with the full explanation of what/why/how of the history of what was happening, with a little bit of an information overload. A through content edit could have easily fixed the heavy dose of information that seemed to go on for pages. The story itself was plenty creative, imaginative, with a strong dose of world-building. There were a variety of characters that were charismatic and full of detail that made for a well-rounded story.
Reviewed by: Katherine K.

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His Ex's Little Sister by Bella Love-Wins

Ruth West - Thursday, July 20, 2017

Title: His Ex's Little Sister
Author: Bella Love-Wins
Published: July 12, 2017
Publisher: Bella Love-Wins Books
Genre: Contemporary 





His Ex's Little Sister has a lot of depth and a decent amount of backstory that makes the book well-rounded, while being a quick read. I finished this story in less than two hours. Reid's character is charming and likable, even with his history of having abandoned his high-school girlfriend. He accepts responsibility for his actions and doesn't flinch in the face of danger. At times he's a little too pushy toward Robin but he's not anything like her ex-boyfriend that is just plain awful. I would have liked the author to expand on this further, making the book a little longer. Also, at times I found Reid's work to be an important part of the story but not as exciting as I'd have liked. I much more enjoyed the scenes between Reid and Robin. The ending came quick and though I appreciated that there was an epilogue added, I would have liked the pacing at the end to be slower.
Reviewed by Kate

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