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review 2017-03-15 19:01
Assault and Batter - Jessica Beck

Suzanne has been asked to be maid of honor in her ex-husband's wedding, to one of her friends. The plans for the wedding are moving very fast and people are showing up in town that Suzanne does not view favorably. One is Jude, Gabe's nephew, her last living relative. He starts trouble and someone decides to finish it, but who could that be. There are many suspects and she sets a goal of finding the killer before the wedding, so there aren't any clouds over it.

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review 2017-01-20 23:35
Want a little magic with your romance?
Batter Up - Robyn Neeley

This was a fun read with a little magical baking thrown in. The fantasy element gave a nice little twist and made for some good laughs. 

 

Emma's been hosting Batter Up night for a couple years now, continuing her grandmother's tradition of nudging bachelors toward their true love with a little magic cake batter. Too bad the magic only gives the names of men's sweethearts and not women. Emma's cousin Abby keeps trying though, and she pulls a "J" out of the batter for Emma.

 

Jason is a journalists who's spent too much time on the down and dirty crime beat of Miami. A detour to Buttermilk Falls to expose a con-artist in a bakeshop sounds like a great diversion. Little does he know how this trip will change his life and his heart.

 

I really enjoyed the chemistry and the snarkiness between these two as they fought it out and gave in to their attraction. 

 

Rating--PG-13. All sex is closed door, but there is quite a bit of talk about it. 

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text 2016-04-04 15:57
March Wrap Up and April Goals
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Murder Most Howl: A Paws & Claws Mystery - Krista Davis
One Foot in the Grove - Anne Kelly Lane
Murder With Puffins - Donna Andrews
Bun for Your Life (A Bread and Batter Mystery) - Karoline Barrett
Murder at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery - Hannah Dennison

Only six books last month.

 

I was in the mother of all reading slumps at the beginning of the month, but I do have a lot on my plate. My grandma is still sick. She was supposed to start chemo about two weeks ago, but frankly she isn't strong enough so it's been put on hold. Just trying to manage her symptoms right now.

 

As for reading, definitely the highlight of the month were two books:  Bun for your Life  - I enjoyed reading it, it was just fun. Flawed yes, as you'll no doubt see -  but enjoyable. Also Murder at Honeychurch Hall - just a good story and mystery. I love being surprised by my mysteries and this one definitely did that.  Both of these I recommend to cozy mystery fans.

 

For April, I'm definitely going to continue my cozy mystery run. Some of the books in my immediate TBR are:

 

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And I do want to start adding some more genres in but we'll see how things go. I'm just glad to be reading again. 

 

I also have two books to review for NetGalley, so I will work them in somehow.

 

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Thats all for now. Happy reading! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-03-29 02:23
Bun for Your Life
Bun for Your Life (A Bread and Batter Mystery) - Karoline Barrett

Solid start to a series.

 

I thought the culprit was obvious, but the characters and the MC's antics kept me turning the pages. The MC, Molly, had quite a few TSTL moments but it fit her character.  At first I could not STAND her love interest but once his back story was revealed, I understood why he was acting the way he did and he grew on me. 

 

Thouroughly enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

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review 2016-01-08 10:35
A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery, #2)
A Batter of Life and Death - Ellie Alexander

Disappointed in this one.  I thought the first book was a strong contender, but this felt like a weak follow up.

 

Alexander writes a beautiful Oregon setting, and creates a strong, likeable MC (Jules), but follows up with some stilted, awkward dialogue between characters.  A scene where Jules' mother and her old high school sweetheart treat her like she's 8 just made me cringe.  Most of the dialogue between Jules and her mother actually read like a middle-school after school special.  A brewing love triangle on the horizon also contributes to my growing unease with this series.

 

The plotting was... not strong.  I didn't guess the murderer, but I'm not sure anyone really could by using clues because there weren't any.  Jules berates herself at the end for not figuring it out but I don't see how she could have, information was never given to make this character a suspicious one.  

 

I suspect bad editing needs to be blamed for some of the books weaknesses; it felt like there were chunks missing from the plot and at least once Jules mentioned a character telling her something relevant that she was never actually told.

 

I think I already own the third book, so I'll read it but unless the quality changes dramatically, this one's going in the box.

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