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review 2017-02-03 17:57
Review - The Whole Man by CF Rose
The Whole Man - CF Rose

I really liked this book – there was a lot going on, but the overall story was good. Evan and Jesse have a very brief history so there is an element of a second chance, which I enjoy, and there is also a bit of mystery thrown in which allows us to really get to know the characters. And I’m a sucker for sports romances, so there were a lot of things I really liked about this book.

 

Both Jesse and Evan are carrying around some issues from their past. Jesse turned to alcohol as a way of helping him grieve the loss of his brother. Evan has closed herself off after breaking free from an abusive relationship. To say these two had some issues to overcome is an understatement. When they meet up 10 years after their very brief affair, they are not the same two people who shared a crazy 48 hours together. Neither one of them are good at communicating or sharing so a lot of things that may have been talked out right away are left unsaid and/or unknown to each other which causes a lot of angst between them.

 

One thing that seemed to slow the reading down a bit was that there were too many things going on at once. The overall story of Jesse and Evan finding their way back to each other was good, but there were many sub-plots going on within and between their two families which seemed to bog me down a little. I liked the abusive ex story line, but some of the other things I think could have been left out or reworked to keep the pace up.

 

Overall, I think this was a great debut novel for the author it definitely has me curious to see if there will be any other books that deal with Jesse’s brothers.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2014-10-09 22:00
Review - The Lost One by Liz Lovelock
The Lost One (Lost Series Book 1) - Liz Lovelock,Hot Tree Editing,Cover to Cover Designs Cover Designer

 

The Lost One
by Liz Lovelock
Series: Lost, #1
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 10, 2014
 



My name is Melodi White, I had a dream once like every other girl does. Then one day, my dream was torn to shreds, by my sister’s evil boyfriend, Jacob. It’s been three years since she was ripped from my life. She wasn’t just any sister; no, she was my twin, my best friend.

Deciding to follow our childhood dream of moving to New York, I head for a life of adventure and fun. A night on the town and I find myself wrapped in the arms of one gorgeous, drop-dead-sexy man, Corban. He has literally swept me off my feet, taken my breath away with a single kiss and left me wanting more, a feeling completely alien to me.

Corban Andrews, CEO of Case Construction, rich, sexy and ravishing is set to make my world come undone. I allow myself to put my trust in him, but will his rules and my trust issues let us explore what we could have together? It’s either that or am I at risk of staying lost and alone.

When a blast from my past reappears, I know I may be pushed so far down the rabbit hole, Corban and I just may not survive. It all comes down to survival and choices. I have no idea which I will choose.

 


 




This was a good read that had a very strong prologue that sucked me in to the mystery of the story. I enjoyed the characters – Melodi was a very strong heroine who has dealt with the loss of her sister and is trying to move on, Corban was definitely a sexy CEO who was sweet and considerate, and I loved Melodi’s friend Flick and Corban’s sister Rachel, who both added great fun to the story.

I loved the last half of the book, where pieces of the mystery start to come together and the suspense starts to ramp up. But for me the start of the book after the prologue through the first half was just a bit slow paced and I struggled to get through it. I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed the last half, but I think the fact that I’m not a big fan of the “insta-love” trope and perhaps that the boss/employee relationship resolution wasn't really developed fully (I wish there was just a little more angst there!), made the first half run a bit slow for me.

As I said, I did enjoy the ending and am anxious to read the second book to find out where things are going. I was truly captivated by the mystery in the book and think the author has a fabulous plot line and story arc for another good book (or books!) to see the mystery through it’s resolution.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.





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review 2014-08-31 15:38
Review - Personal Assistance by Louise Rose-Innes
Personal Assistance (Entangled Ignite) - Louise Rose-Innes

 

Personal Assistance
by Louise Rose-Innes
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2014
 




A thrilling suspense from Entangled’s Ignite imprint…

Her life is in the hands of a man she can’t trust…

Trapped in a country in the midst of a rebellion, Hannah Evans is on the run for her life. Her only hope of escape is to join forces with disgraced Special Forces operative Tom Wilde, who is overseeing the extraction of all British nationals from the embassy. It’s a form of punishment for his last failed mission, from which neither his body, nor his mind, has fully recovered. When he meets Hannah, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself. The information she holds is important enough to end the civil war—all he needs to do is get her out of the war-ridden country alive and back to Britain.

The sexual attraction between them is too intense to ignore, but Hannah knows the career-soldier has a hidden agenda. Can she trust him to lead her to safety, or will he sacrifice her in his bid for redemption?

 


 




This was a quick, enjoyable read that had me caught up in the story right from the beginning. There was lots of action going on and both Tom and Hannah find themselves fighting a strong attraction to each other – which Tom is adamant about ignoring since he knows firsthand that letting emotions into his mission can only end up with the people around him dying. Hannah is completely taken off-guard by her strong reaction to Tom – especially when she keeps having stray thoughts about him during some pretty intense moments.

“Are you okay?” he asked a few seconds later, shifting his weight off her. His eyes roamed over her, looking for injuries.

She sat up. “I think so.” She was trembling, partly from the shock of the explosion, and partly because Tom’s body had felt so good on top of hers. She laughed, embarrassed.

How odd that she’d thought of that after a near-death experience.
I loved the uniqueness of the setting and backdrop of this story. I haven’t read a lot of stories with a British Special Forces hero and the small Arab island nation in the midst of a civil war as a setting gave the story a fresh feel. My only complaint would be that I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the tension between Hannah and Tom as they struggled to fight their attraction while trying to stay alive. I loved the action and the suspense, but I would have liked to have seen some more buildup of emotion between the two as a lead up to the ending.

Definitely a good read that will keep you turning the pages to the end.

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



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review 2014-06-11 17:41
Review - Maltipoos are Murder (Doggie Day Spa Mystery, #1) by Jacqui Lane
Maltipoos are Murder (Entangled Ignite) - Jacqui Lane


Maltipoos are Murder
by Jacqui Lane
Series: Doggie Day Spa Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Ignite

 



Can a murder investigation keep these opposites from attracting? 

Cara Rogers wants a fresh start after a slew of bad luck in Washington DC. Moving to Virginia to help her aunt run La Maison de Chien, a doggie spa, is just the peace of mind she needs. No stress. Just her aunt, the dogs, and wide-open country.

But when she finds Aunt Marian floating in the doggie swimming pool, the rest she so desperately needs flies out the window. The only witness to the death is Rex, an apricot maltipoo, and while he may not be able to talk, he’s communicating the only way he knows how—one paw at a time. And Rex’s clues lead to murder.

Can Cara keep the doggie spa afloat, convince Middleburg homicide detective Cole Sampson that Aunt Marian’s death was no accident, and keep Rex from the killer’s clutches before they all end up as dead as dogs?

 


 
               
 
          
 


 

This was a fun read with a good mystery and some nice tension between the two main characters. The setting of the Doggie Day Spa was cute and I loved all the details about it. I liked the attraction between Cara and Cole, and loved to watch the two of them deny and try to resist the pull towards one another. Although they are attracted to one another, they are both dealing with issues from their past as well as the whole conflict of interest issue with Cole being the detective assigned to investigate the murder of Cara’s aunt. And of course the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the attraction…

Cole followed Dr. Rogers into the doggie spa and briefly wondered if he should act gruff and official, or return the surreptitious glances they attracted from the staff with a wink. He had to admit, he was harboring certain fantasies about what she was about to show him.
A man could always dream.

The mystery part of the story was good and had me guessing right up until the end. I did find it a bit of a stretch a couple of times where Cole would include Cara in his investigation or tell her things about it that he probably shouldn’t have, but, since this is fiction, it was pretty easy to just go with it and enjoy the dialogue that would ensue between the two when this happened.

This was a fairly quick read which didn’t allow for a lot of character development, and I would have liked a bit more to the ending. But since I think this is going to be the first in a series of cozy mysteries, I’m hoping to find out more in future books about what happens next for Cara and Cole, as well as meet more of the residents – both two- and four-legged - of Middleburg.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 



 
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review 2014-06-02 00:40
Review - Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder
Opening Act (Entangled Edge) - Suleikha Snyder


Opening Act
by Suleikha Snyder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select

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Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he’s just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can’t take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

 


 
                  
 
          
 


 

This was a quick read that had lots of promise, but for some reason I just couldn't fully connect with the characters. I loved the premise of the book – unrequited love/friends to lovers, but I think it just took me too long to make any sort of connection to the story.

I love Saroj’s strength and really appreciated the fact that she was pretty straight-forward with Adam about her feelings – of course it took her seven years to get there, but once she commits to letting Adam know how she feels she really does her best to lay it all out there. Adam was an interesting character. Because he feels he can never be the right man for Saroj, he has placed her high up on the friend pedestal. It was fun watching him realize that his feelings may run a bit deeper than he realized – even if he made me want to smack some sense into him for being such a guy at times!

I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention JR - I think he was my favorite character and I would love to see his story written!

Even though I wasn't fully connected to the story, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good friends to lover story with a strong female lead.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.



 
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