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review 2017-11-19 16:30
The Chase
The Chase (Brides of Beadwell) - Sara Portman

Juliana is on the run from her abusive father. She possesses a photographic memory. She found a letter when she was around 12 that mentioned an inheritance when she reached her majority (25). This is the main reason she runs when she does. She sees Michael and asks him (mainly because of her cane and limp) for help in getting to London. 
Michael is on his way to London to answer his father's summons. His father has decided it is time for Michael to get married. His bride has been picked out.
I did like both Michael and Juliana. Michael comes across as a good person already; mainly because of the way he treats Gelert (his dog). Juliana is a little harder to like at first. I believe it's because of her background. She doesn't trust that once Michael finds out he won't return her to her father. (The whole property thing, what good girl leaves her father's protection- on purpose?)
I both liked and didn't like the resolution with Juliana's father. Yes, he got what he deserved, but it was too quick and the whole issue with Juliana's mother could have been more. Michael was pleasantly surprised with how his family viewed him (that was nice). I also liked that Juliana's inheritance seemed to be hers to do what she wanted with it (at least with how I interpreted the epilogue). 
3.5* rounded up since GR doesn't "do" 1/2 stars.

eARC courtesy or Kensington Books/Lyrical Press and NetGalley.
Publication date: Nov 21st

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review 2017-11-19 01:13
I probably should have quit while I was ahead...
Something's Brewing at Joe's - SJD Peterson,Wayland Johnson Chase

I first read this book back in early July of this year and I guess I went into this thinking that this story might work better for me on audio...it happens. What doesn't happen very often is that things go from well...bad to worse. 

My original feelings about this story haven't changed. So here's my original review if you want a refresher...

There's more than just coffee brewing at Joe's, that's for sure... 
Murphy and Joe first meet when they hook up at a club shortly after Murphy has arrived in Tampa. Neither man is looking for more than a little no strings attached stress relief.

Joe's frustrated with his 'forced' vacation and he's decided that a night out for a few drinks, some dancing and with any luck a little something more with a hot body is just what the doctor ordered. 

When Murphy moves to Tampa on the promise of his dream job being told that said job is on hold is not what he's expecting to hear. He doesn't want to go back to Michigan only to hear a chorus of 'I told you so's' from his family and friends and decides that he's going to find something to keep him afloat until things get sorted out, but being a little frustrated and stressed out over the news pushes him to decide he needs a night out to relax, unwind and just forget about everything for a few hours. 

Needless to say there wasn't a lot of personal information exchanged during their one night stand so it's no wonder that Joe's more than a little surprised when he returns to his coffee shop and finds out that his assistant Kallie has hired someone to renovate the upstairs apartment that Joe's been talking about fixing up for as long as Kallie can remember and that someone turns out to be none other than Joe's one night stand Murphy. 

Both men decide this isn't going to be a problem...after all they're mature adults right? And just because Joe wants a repeat of what he and Murphy shared and Murphy's determined that things need to stay strictly business...*spoiler alert* willpower...Murphy has none...seriously NONE!!! his determination didn't last a day...wait, I'm not even sure it lasted an hour forget a day. As soon as these two laid eyes on each other again it was game on.

Now I realize this kinda' leads to the thought of 'what the hell?' these two can't keep their hands off of each other and there's roughly 200 pages here, but there's more to this story than just a case of boy-meets-boy, boy-jumps-boy and they all lived happily ever after because let's face it that's sweet but pretty dull when you've got 200 pages to fill, so luckily there's that job...you know the one that Murphy moved to Tampa for...yeah, it's a bit complicated and makes things a little tense between Murphy and Joe. 

I really enjoyed this part of the story...or at least the idea of it and to a degree the execution of it worked. More often than not when a story has this type of plot line to it I like a bit of tension and conflict...more so than what was here and while this was ok, for me it would have worked better if things had been not quite so easily resolved. 

So along with that, here's the reason this one only got 3 stars from me...it was the sex...seriously 'you know you have too much sex in a story when one of the MCs is complaining that the other MC 'broke his wanker'? and then cuts him off for a couple of days because 'said wanker' is sore...ok, he tried but it was Murphy and as I've already said "Willpower...he has none." I can honestly say I'm not sure that I've encountered a lot...if any stories where an MC is complaining about too much sex and trust me there was...even the bunnies of the world were cringing...forget jealous I'm pretty sure they were with me wondering 'How the hell does anyone have this much sex and accomplish a damned thing?' Thankfully some of it...just some mind you, was not actually on page for which I am grateful because I can honestly see how poor Murphy's wanker got broken...just sayin' 


I honestly figured at the very least this was going to remain a 3 star read for me...what I wasn't counting on and please believe me when I say this is a really, really subjective opinion here, but bizarrely enough this one got knocked down a notch because try as I might I just couldn't get past the narrator's voice. Now it's not that it's bad or that I couldn't understand him or any of that and honestly I can see where other people will probably be thinking that maybe Karen's a little cray, cray, but the thing is for me there were times when I'm sure that Joe and/or Murphy were meant to sound all sexy and passionately growly and to me it was more like an angry, ragey growl. In other words for some reason the emotion that was being conveyed wasn't the emotion that I was picking up on...hopefully this makes sense. 

So anyways, not to belabor the point I'm just going to summarize by saying Chase Johnson was the narrator for this one and for whatever reason this narrator's voice doesn't work for me and if I'm listening to what's suppose to be an intense, intimate scene between two people it just yanks me out of the story when I feel like one of those people is really angry rather than really passionate...it's me and I'm totally owning this one folks...like I said very, very subjective opinion here. 

I highly recommend checking out the audio sample if this one is of interest to you. After all, you never know...you may find you really like this narrator's voice and really that's all that matters at the end of the day is what works for any of us as individuals.



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A audio book of 'Something's Brewing At Joe's' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-11-03 03:37
Christmas in Silver full of magic and hope.Bell Falls...A great Holiday romance
Christmas in Silver Bell Falls - Samantha Chase

Christmas in Silver Bell Falls by Samantha Chase

Wow, I love a great Christmas story. Samantha Chase wrote an exceptionally great Christmas romance. Samantha Chase is such an amazing writer. I found the pace of the book steady. It was a hopeful and light hearted read. The characters were well developed and easy to love. Fans of contemporary romance and Christmas romance will love this book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

In Christmas, in Silver Bell Falls Samantha Chase introduces us to Melanie Harper and Josiah Stone. Melanie Harper is an author from North Carolina suffering from writer's block. Melanie inherits her grandmother's home after her grandmother passes away.
Josiah is the local sheriff who is her neighbor.

 

Christmas in Silver Bell Falls by Samantha Chase

Wow, I love a great Christmas story. Samantha Chase wrote an exceptionally great Christmas romance. Samantha Chase is such an amazing writer. I found the pace of the book steady. It was a hopeful and light hearted read. The characters were well developed and easy to love. Fans of contemporary romance and Christmas romance will love this book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

 

In Christmas, in Silver Bell Falls Samantha Chase introduces us to Melanie Harper and Josiah Stone. Melanie Harper is an author from North Carolina suffering from writer's block. Melanie inherits her grandmother's home after her grandmother passes away. Melanie hates all things Christmas.
Josiah Stone is the local sheriff who is her neighbor. Josiah falls for Melanie really hard and fast. He is determined to show all good things about Christmas.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas in Silver Bell Falls. I love the Holiday romances. I loved seeing the characters go through their own struggles. I loved how Josiah was determined to give Melanie a Christmas that she would love. There was funny moments and sad moments. These elements made this story a wonderful holiday read. I fell in love with the town of Silver Bell Falls and its residents.

I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 stars. This is a great Holiday romance. Must read.

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review 2017-11-03 00:50
The Afterlife of Holly Chase
The Afterlife of Holly Chase - Cynthia Hand

I wanted to save this review for December but just for now I'll say that I was going to give up on this book at about 20% in because I just couldn't buy the premise, I couldn't suspend my disbelief because I really hate those concepts like Dead Like Me where the character is dead but they have to go on 'living' in the real world and have a shitty job and can't see anyone who might recognise them and I just really hate that concept, I didn't realise how much I hated until I was ready to give up a CYNTHIA HAND book. CYNTHIA HAND. She was on my auto-buy list.

I tried not to take it seriously because someone said this was supposed to be a light, fun book, so I deliberately spoiled the ending which was a twist I didn't see coming, and then I thought I could at least finish it, but even then there were some things that just didn't work even when I knew the ending. Mostly about a different particular character not being whom they seemed to be. And I couldn't buy that Holly was being underpaid in a job she hated but had no choice in doing where she was so important she led her own team but there were so many ways to fail if you didn't put in 100%.

Look, the concept of a company that spends all year investigating their 'Scrooge' so they can perform a personalised Christmas Carol didn't really work either because it tried to be set in the real world with real people using makeup and special effects to play the Ghosts, but there was also an element of magic using time travel and summoning the Marley characters, and I couldn't help but wonder, why isn't the entire thing just magical based? Why is so much of it set in reality? It's a real company with real university graduates doing real engineering and a HR and finance department (why finance? Where are they getting their money from?), and trying to marry the supernatural elements didn't work, because the original Scrooge wouldn't have had all that modern tech stuff, and I just had so many issues with the basic concept. How exactly does one go about getting a job at Project Scrooge? Why have no ex-employees ever spilled the beans about REAL GHOSTS AND TIME TRAVEL?

The best thing going for this book is Holly's narrative voice, littered with pop references and snark and just so spoilt-rich-girl it's wonderful.

Oh look I guess I kind of did review it.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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review 2017-11-02 20:57
Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery - Julie Chase

Julie Chase brings her plot to life with the help of her relatable characters, and her description of the great city of New Orleans. Lacy Crocker is back and fins herself thrust into another murder mystery. When her father is named a person of interest for the murder of his friend after an argument, Lacy knows that she has to help detective Jack Oliver solve the mystery. Lacy also has to help her mother with the organizing of the upcoming National Pet Pageant, all the while deciding if her heart belongs to Jac or Chase. I got an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.com and Crooked Lane books.

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