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review 2017-05-30 14:12
Review: Trust Me by Farrah Rochon
Trust Me (The Holmes Brothers Book 5) - Farrah Rochon

At one point, Mackenna (Mack)Arnold was one-half of New Orleans’ Power Couple. But after 15 years of problems and lies, she left her husband. Now she sits on the New Orleans City Council, dedicating her time to helping the city she loves. Unfortunately, her best friend’s little brother, Ezra Holmes, an investigative report, has set his sights on uncovering supposed corruption in Mack’s office.

 

Ezra Holmes is a conflicted, even troubled man. The woman he’s crushed on for years may be using her position on the City Council to line her pockets. Also, he recently trusted the wrong source, costing him his job with the newspaper. So instead of making his way onto the national news spotlight, he’s teaching journalism at a local college. When Mack approaches him about possible corruption in the mayor’s office, he isn’t sure if he can put aside the past and trust that she’s not in it for her own, selfish reasons.

 

The aptly named Trust Me is another entertaining story in Ms. Rochon’s Holmes Brothers series. The book is a standalone romance and story; however, we were introduced to the two main characters in the previous book, where their conflict first came to light. This title is a bit more serious and has a more of an edge to it than the prior title, which took place during a family vacation. I liked the change in scenery and tone; although I worried a bit how the characters would get their “happy ending” with so much at stake.

 

Ezra’s obsession with Mack was a little creepy at the start. The man was determined to prove she was crooked, even while day dreaming about her fine body and beautiful face. I attribute his behavior to a classic case of never being noticed by Mack all those years his sister brought Mack home with her during college. Whether it was misplaced anger or the only way he felt he could “be with her,” I was disturbed by his driven nature to find her guilty. So it was a big relief that the author addressed the issue early in the book, putting the pair on the same page.

 

Although Mack and Ezra shared a passionate desire, they were both extremely cautious with their hearts. Trust was difficult and was only earned as the book progressed. There was a lot of back and forth; give and take. Additionally, Ezra had concerns over a conflict of interest sleeping with a source/politician. Working through their rough spots gave the story a more serious tone, yet made their eventual union more fulfilling. And the somber storyline the pair worked on only added to the tone.

 

Overall, Trust Me is an entertaining read. With the darker storyline of corruption, I wondered how it would resolve; I was expecting a blowup, but was pleasantly surprised. Ms. Rochon created a beautiful love story from a place of suspicion and mistrust. Trust Me, and the rest of the Holmes Brothers series, makes for an enjoyable summertime read.

 

My Rating:  B, Liked It

Review copy provided by author

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2017-01-30 13:38
Review: Chase Me by Farrah Rochon
Chase Me (The Holmes Brothers Book 4) - Farrah Rochon

Indina Holmes has no need, nor any desire, for a relationship in her busy, successful life. After being burned badly in the past, she’s good maintaining her bedroom-only relationship with co-worker Griffin Sims. But when she takes Griffin on her family reunion cruise, messy feelings start to emerge, and Indina doesn’t know how to process.

 

Griffin Sims has enjoyed sharing his bed with Indina for the better part of a year, but lately, he wants more. Afraid to push, he seizes the opportunity to get closer to her when she invites him away for the weekend. Being around her family not only solidifies Griffin’s desire to make Indina his, but also opens up wounds surrounding his own family. 

 

Chase Me was an enjoyable, easy read. With a cruise and family fun as the backdrop, I felt like I was on my own mini-vacation. And although this is the fourth book in the Holmes Brothers series, the romance was standalone, and there is a reboot feeling to the story as the author focuses on another part of the Holmes’ family. While I never felt like I missed out not having read the first three titles, I do think reading the books would have helped me keep straight the large number of characters in Indina’s life and family.

 

Indina is a great heroine! First… she’s forty-two years old! I love that she’s made her way and is living her life on her own terms. She doesn’t express regret that she’s not married with kids, rather, she enjoys her life as Auntie, surrounded by her family and friends. Yet, she’s strong and secure enough to question her life, but not her life’s choices, as messy feelings emerge after spending time outside the bedroom with Griffin. 

 

Meanwhile Griffin won my heart right from the start. He so wants more with Indina, but won’t push her. He’s such a good guy, and I want him to succeed. His strong sense of himself drew me in, and my heart cracked as Griffin realized he couldn’t continue with the status quo because of his feelings for Indina. I also loved the side story involving his family.

 

Overall, Chase Me is a delightful, feel-good romance. Other than some slight repetition with Indina's relationship fears, the story was well told. I liked that both Griffin and Indina had baggage, and while it caused problems, it didn't feel contrived. The hurt each experienced was tangible. Their built-in history gave the relationship more weight right from the get go. I love the strong successful heroine who needs things on her terms. The romance is standalone; however, the author planted the seeds for future titles, getting me excited for more.

 

My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot

Review copy provided by Author.

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review 2016-12-13 17:32
A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon - My Thoughts
A Little Bit Naughty - Farrah Rochon

This is the second novella in the Moments in Maplesville series and it was as entertaining as the first.  Now, I know I'm supposed to be reading my holiday stories, but I got fooled into thinking this was another Christmas story.  Well, fooled... I didn't pay enough attention.  *LOL*

 

Anyway, we meet another pair of charming main characters, Jada (a bestie of the heroine of the 1st book) and Mason, a couple who have known each other since high school and disliked each other since high school.  

 

While it might seem that the enemies to lovers happens awfully quick, I'm reminded of the day way back in time, that John Goldie (who was just a guy in my class) said something innocuous to me and I was instantly in love.  *LOL*  So I'm willing to give Jada and Mason a pass.  

 

The author seems to have cut down on the fanatical use of descriptors in this book - YAY!  But I realised that whatever happened to Jada to 'pique her interest' went directly to her nipples.  SO many nipples.  Nipples galore.  Too many effing nipples.  *LOL*  Honestly, there are other ways/responses that women feel when they get turned on.

 

So yes, this was an entertaining read and I'll probably read more in the series should the chance arise.  And once again, this is a story about POC written by a WOC.

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review 2016-12-12 17:11
A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon - My Thoughts
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon

Farrah Rochon is an author I see mentioned many times in my Twitter feed by the romance authors I follow, so I figured it was about time I checked her out.  

 

A Perfect Holiday Fling is the first of the Moments in Maplesville novellas which seem to all circle around holidays, and I found it quite enjoyable and perfect for the Christmas season.  

 

I liked the characters, but as always, I bemoan the fact that there just isn't enough time in a novella to really get to know them, but what we do get is pretty good.  I enjoyed the instant chemistry between the two MCs as well as the fact that Stefan's young 5 year old nephew wasn't perfectly precocious as so many kids in romances tend to be.  

 

My one problem with this book was that the author likes her descriptors a little too much for my taste.  Adjectives abound all over the place.  Now I'm all for giving the reader a picture, God knows, but I often felt as if I was being inundated with colours and textures and brand names and all kinds of other stuff.  

 

But I did like the book.  :)  Perfect read for the holiday season.

 

And for those that search them out, this is a book written by a WOC and about POC.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-04-03 06:54
Why I'm Not Finishing This Book: I've read 179 out of 266 pages.
My Journey with Farrah: A Story of Life, Love, and Friendship - Alana Stewart

One of my idols in the whole world is Farrah Fawcett. Along with Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon. So when I saw this book at goodwill for $3 I jumped at it. 

 

BOY WAS THAT A MISTAKE. 

 

I will admit, I bought it and ignored it for months after. I would always tell myself to pick it up, but I never did. Mainly because Farrah died of cancer and my fear of cancer is so strong that I was scared it would depress me AND IT DID. Finally I picked it up and I'm putting it down unfinished.

 

I feel like I never finish books and I feel guilty for that, but this book I do not feel guilty about. So this book is told by Farrah's friend Alana Stewart. It is supposedly her diary published, but I suspect that she fabricated parts. 

 

I'm not gonna lie I hated this book so much, I'm not finishing it. Here is why. 

 

1. The book is written in diary form. I hate that and I know I should of known, but I didn't bother to look at the format before buying, because I saw Farrah and I freaked!

 

2. This book is like 25% Farrah, 75% Alana. I questioned myself many times on what story...or more like whose story is she actually telling. It seems like she used Farrah as a money maker to sell her shitty book. In the beginning it was about Farrah and how Alana felt, which I expected once I saw it was in diary form. Then the middle to near end it was strictly about Alana and her sex life and her kids and Farrah would pop up sometimes when they went to Germany for her treatment. So again was this really a story about Farrah and you or just you? 

 

3. Alana was the victim in all of this. Forget that your friend is dying of cancer, lets make the book about how your emotional going through shit and how no one understands what its like. I get it that its her personal diary and usually people write the most selfish shit, cause we all feel like the world revolves around us. But it just felt like she steered way off of what it was suppose to be about. This book was totally consumed by Alana trying to make people feel sorry for her, even though her friend is dying.

 

With this being said, I have a few things I liked about the book.

 

1. Never before seen pictures, I love Farrah and I love her look. So when I saw some of the pictures I freaked, she was so stunning.

 

2. She didn't make Farrah seem weak or anything the opposite of what she was known for. Farrah was strong and fought til the end and even though the book was basically about Alana, when Farrah was mentioned she was mentioned with respect.

 

3. If the book was about Alana I would of loved it. Cause she has a juicy life, but I did not buy it to read about her, I bought it to read about Farrah and her friendship with Alana.

 

All in all I give it a 2 out of 5. Not finishing it though.

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