Reviews

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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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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That Boy by Jillian Dodd

Ruth West - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Title: That Boy
Author: Jillian Dodd
Publisher: Jillian Dodd Inc.
Published: Jan 13, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary




The writing in That Boy, comes across as juvenile. Maybe it was intentional with chapters spanning back as far as fourth grade, but I would have rather had flashbacks or a series of memories from an adult's writing with a juvenile perspective. Even more mature writing would have made the story stronger. Instead the sentences were short and choppy, grammatically correct but bland to read. I could not for the life of me get into Jay's character and like her. She's kissing Danny for "learning-sake" while getting ready for a date with another boy. It made me hate her character, this juvenile behavior and yes she's a teenager but I feel like the writing and characterizations make Jay look even more immature and selfish. That Boy lacked substance that other young adult titles like The Selection, Looking for Alaska, Fangirl, Delirium, and Before I Fall are drenched in. I wanted to love That Boy, even with the writing not up to my taste and I kept reading as the main character grew older, hoping that her story would mature, but I just didn't feel a solid connection to the story or the characters.
Reviewed by: Chloe Stafford

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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

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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