Reviews

Awaken My Heart by Maria K. Alexander

Ruth West - Thursday, August 17, 2017

Title: Awaken My Heart
Author: Maria K. Alexander
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Published: May 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary




A sweet romance with plenty of sexual tension and a definite page-turner. Detective Nick is written with a sexy tone and a male that every straight girl will want to bring into the bedroom. He's charming and honest and the chemistry shared with his one-night stand fourteen years ago is like ever-present fireworks. He's relentless in asking her out again and she's tentative to say yes, given past and the secret she harbors. There's no having to wait or guess the secret too long, which I appreciate. There's tons of sizzle and plenty of plot to make this a well-rounded story. Pleased to find this an easy read to get into and one that I didn't want to put down, Awaken My Heart is the first book I've read from Maria K. Alexander and I happily look forward to reading anything else she writes. Fast paced, full of heart-racing contemporary style drama, you will love this book if you love sweet romances.
Reviewed by: Melanie P.


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Flood by Elaine Cantrell

Ruth West - Monday, August 14, 2017

Title: Flood
Author: Elaine Cantrell
Publisher: Wings ePress, Inc.
Published: June 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary




This story was fantastic, with plenty of plot surprises that I didn't expect! At first, I didn't understand how Dr DeLuca could trust an ex-con so easily. But the story line moved quickly and answered my questions. It's really a story of a woman meeting and falling for the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. He's got a heart of gold that even the animals at her shelter recognize. It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. I also liked that the author left some of the romance up to my imagination.
Sometimes less is more, and in this particular story, it would've been distracting, especially with regards to the unfolding drama.
The only thing I had any trouble with was being sure I had the right pronunciation of the heroine's (and her mom's) names.
I really enjoyed reading this story and hope to read more from this author.

Reviewed by Liz


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Premonition by Leigh Walker

Ruth West - Friday, August 11, 2017

Title: Premonition (The Division Series Book 1)
Author: Leigh Walker
Publisher: CMG Publishing
Published: July 19, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian



Wow! What an intense thrill-ride. Premonition starts off with a typical story of a teenage girl that's joined a boarding school summer program as a work-study so that she can aim for an Ivy League type of education. Riley soon discovers that her work-study isn't what she thought, tasked with joining an elite and secretive division of the FBI known as "The Division." The writing is quick and breezy, forcing me to finish this book in one day, because I could not for the life of me put it down. I would have liked to have seen one additional round of edits done, I found two blatant errors that slowed down my reading but didn't take away any of my enjoyment of the story. The characters of Riley and Finn have a blossoming relationship that is full of emotion. Premonition brought tears to my eyes, forcing me to cry while reading about Riley's family. The author has created strong characters, a solid backstory, and a ground-breaking plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Samantha Peters


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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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Dream Me by Kathryn Berla

Ruth West - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Title: Dream Me
Author: Kathryn Berla
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Published: July 11, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Futuristic, Contemporary, Romance




A fantastic unique story that blends the future with the past. Dream Me is a gripping page-turning read that will easily hook you from the beginning. Although the story takes time to unfold and understand the world created by the author, the plot progresses as do the characters in an enriching story. Dream Me is brilliantly written and creatively woven to bring Zat from the future into Babe's dreams. In a futuristic world that is dying, Zat's only chance of survival is by being a part of Babe's dreams, allowing him the chance to see the world long before we destroyed it. There were moments of tears in the last final pages of the book that had me clinging to read more, unwilling to put down my kindle. Emotions are high in this young love tale of a story that Zat, a boy from the future becomes part of Babe's dreams to live a life worth having. If I could give this story six stars I would. A satisfying and emotional ending will leave you thinking about this book, long after you've finished the last page.

Reviewed by: Violet Black

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Same Love by Tony Correia

Ruth West - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Title: Same Love
Author: Tony Correia
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company
Releases: August 1, 2017
Genre: LGBT, Romance, YA



An easy read that is quite often lined with humor despite the heavy subject nature of Same Love. This book is quite clearly written for young adults but I would recommend this story only to those mature enough to handle the content. Where some books drag on to get to the point of the story, I appreciated that Same Love jumped right in with the first chapter. There was easily enough backstory to get onboard and relate while also feeling for the characters, especially Adam. The writing is smooth and clean, the characters have depth and are well-rounded. Although there are obscenities thrown early on in the story (strong enough to cast a long-lasting impression), while also making the reader flinch, this book isn't for the faint of heart or those too young to grasp the message. Adam, a Christian teenage boy that comes out to his parents finds himself sent away to a Christian camp to "fix" him. The sad reality is how true and easily this book could be real for someone that is a teenager, struggling with coming out.
Reviewed by: Laura

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Grounded by G.P. Ching

Ruth West - Monday, July 17, 2017

Title: Grounded
Author: G. P. Ching
Publisher: Carpe Luna Publishing
Published: November 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance



Grounded is a phenomenal story that goes places I never saw coming. It is a fast read that is filled with excitement and energy, especially as the story progresses. Hemlock Hollow is a small town where Lydia, an Amish girl, has the opportunity to experience the English world on rumspringa. With its roots in a a strong world-building in Hemlock Hollow, this futuristic story explores the power of electricity in a way that is creative and satisfying. Lydia grapples with the government, her new relationship with Korwin, and her identity as a 'Spark'. Prepare to be enlightened by this electrifying dystopian while reading Grounded. I eagerly await snatching the second book in the series. With likable characters, an engaging plot, a fast-paced but well-developed story, and twists and turns at every corner, this book is sure to satisfy. 
Reviewed by Samantha Peters

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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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