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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-09-25 12:52
REVEIW: Write To Me
Write To Me - Nona Raines

3/5 Heart Rating: Good Book

3/5 Sensuality Rating: There is sex but nothing explicit

3/5 Heat Rating: Sizzling

 

Write to me is about Gloria, a woman whose husband has died and while in a book store she finds this letter. Gloria reads it and falls in love with the poetic words written on the paper and she even reads it so much that she can recite the letter by heart.

Now we have Bryan, a college professor who doesn’t want to settle down and finds love and things of a sort simply stupid. However when Gloria and Bryan meet in that same book store and Bryan is hanging out in the same section where Gloria found that letter, she thinks she has found the author.

 

Gloria so caught up in the beautiful words that have captured her heart, wants to believe that Bryan is then man of this profound work and asks him. Bryan accepts the sappy letter despite him not believing that one should lay their soul bare and vulnerable, in the way that the author had done in the letter.

 

Let the games begin.

 

Gloria was a sweet character, awesome mom and owner of a hair salon. She was a very strong character and that I loved. You knew where she stood from the very beginning and she went after it. However where Gloria faltered with me, she fell in love and can recite this love letter written by a person totally unknown. She not only became really obsessed with the letter, reading it every night, she indirectly in a sense, fell in love with the author. She fell in love with his heart and soul. With his ability to splatter his emotions unto a paper.

 

Bryan he was an ass hole from the moment we met him. His intentions were pretty clear but the more they interacted the more he softened up to Gloria. I will admit, things moved really fast between the two, maybe a little too fast. But then again, that’s love for you. You never know when love is going to strike.

 

I thought Gloria forgave him a little too easily. I mean Bryan lied to her about the letter, then he lied to her about Courtney and why they broke up. He even went to her and asked Gloria to help him write a letter to get Courtney back. That’s a lot of lies and the faking of emotions, because he had to come across as sad and heart broken. For me that’s just too much manipulation. There’s a line.

 

I felt like I needed more. The novella felt too short and if there was more background to support the characters, maybe I would have liked Bryan more. Maybe I would have felt bad for him and his past. His reasoning behind not wanting to settle down is explained, but it was too short for me to care.

 

I honestly thought that Bryan didn’t deserve Gloria, after all that she’s been through to find that jerk. I’m kind of annoyed that she forgave him so easily but I thought the ending was really sweet (I don’t want to give it away.) I thought that was really heart-felt and I get why she forgave him(just a little). Bryan bared his soul, vulnerable for her to see and in the end he learned what true love was about.

 

I don’t think he deserved her love and I hope Gloria makes him work his ass off for the lies and manipulation.

 

* I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

 

About The Author

Nona Raines is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild  Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.  Her most recent work is the erotic romance novella Read to Me.

Nona writes hot and steamy erotic romance with deep emotions and true-to-life situations. To learn more about her and her books, please visit www.nonaraines.com

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review 2014-11-01 00:00
Don't Let Go
Don't Let Go - Nona Raines Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove

Opening Lines
“The stupid squirrel was to blame.
Or maybe it was her own fault. She should have been paying attention while walking Bobo. Instead, Annalee was distracted, thinking about the evening ahead and how much she wasn’t looking forward to it.”

I was looking for something quick to read that I had good and solid romance to it and luckily I found that with Don't Let Go. It's only 62 pages so I read it quickly in one sitting, and then went back to re-read it again. This had a strong start that had me giggling at Bobo and Annalee, and we don't have to wait long to see Eric. The minute Eric and Annalee interact you can just tell there is an attraction between them, so I was rooting for Eric since the 3rd page!

Nona Raines managed to pack a lot of information into this little thing, I didn't feel overwhelmed but there were some moments I wanted more detail about. I liked every single character, well...minus Denny, he was such a jerk and he didn't deserve her! She was minor but I think Dee was one of my favourite characters. Her little commentary and how she's able to really see through Annalee and understand how she feelings made me want to snatch her up and take her as my own best friend. I loved how protective Eric was of Annalee, you can easily see how much he really cares about her. It was just all so cute!

What kept Don't Let Go from getting 5 stars?

I know, I know. It's a novella Patty, get over it. But I just have to say this is the only reason why Don't Let Go didn't get 5 stars! It was way to short and had my mind trying to piece things together on my own. I would have looked to see Annalee and Eric's relationship really blossom, I wanted a more in-depth flash back to Eric's high school prom and more leading up to that night. I want more information how his history of feelings for her, what Annalee's feelings were the night of his high school prom. What was going through their minds after that kiss. And of course Eric's sister and Annalee's best friend Dee, she clearly has been observing them for awhile, why didn't she try to throw them together sooner?! Either way, this was still a really great read!

Overall, I really enjoyed Don't Let Go! I've re-read it more than 6 times, I'm not even kidding. It's a cute light read that I just can't get enough of. Although I really wish this was a full novel, especially since it had the potential I will most defiantly be keeping an eye out for anything Nona Raines publishes next! Would I recommend Don't Let Go? Yes, if you want a cute romance then pick this up! Just remember it's a novella.
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review 2013-07-04 00:00
His and Hers and Hers - Nona Raines His and Hers and Hers - Nona Raines Menages are not easy. Neither is living in sin when a family expects a long term relationship to grow into a marriage. Ms. Raines pens a rather melancholy look at marriage. While the focus isn't supposed to be on heterosexual relationships, the main point I took away from this book is that marriage is a death keel and bad.

There are three marriages in here which are atrocious. One is a man cheating on his wife yet behaving in a jealous hypocritical manner. Another is a man trapped in a marriage because he married his knocked up girlfriend who "suddenly" miscarries after they are wed. Lastly, there is a marriage where the husband is abusive and sends his victim enabling wife into the hospital. Does Ms. Raines hate men or hetero marriages? Her mockery of this is no different than heteros deriding alternative relationships. It's distracting from her menage. I would have enjoyed it better with this just focused on Kyla, Jordan and Cassie's smexy menage.

Instead of reading about a new triad coming into being, I'm being dragged down by hateful noise. Disappointing. The amount of insecurity and dysfunctional drama in most of the characters is definitely a downer too. Kyla and Cassie aren't good enough for Jordan. Based on their issues, they will ultimately drag him down.

* Won as a prize
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review 2013-07-04 00:00
His and Hers and Hers - Nona Raines His and Hers and Hers - Nona Raines Menages are not easy. Neither is living in sin when a family expects a long term relationship to grow into a marriage. Ms. Raines pens a rather melancholy look at marriage. While the focus isn't supposed to be on heterosexual relationships, the main point I took away from this book is that marriage is a death keel and bad.

There are three marriages in here which are atrocious. One is a man cheating on his wife yet behaving in a jealous hypocritical manner. Another is a man trapped in a marriage because he married his knocked up girlfriend who "suddenly" miscarries after they are wed. Lastly, there is a marriage where the husband is abusive and sends his victim enabling wife into the hospital. Does Ms. Raines hate men or hetero marriages? Her mockery of this is no different than heteros deriding alternative relationships. It's distracting from her menage. I would have enjoyed it better with this just focused on Kyla, Jordan and Cassie's smexy menage.

Instead of reading about a new triad coming into being, I'm being dragged down by hateful noise. Disappointing. The amount of insecurity and dysfunctional drama in most of the characters is definitely a downer too. Kyla and Cassie aren't good enough for Jordan. Based on their issues, they will ultimately drag him down.

* Won as a prize
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review 2013-06-29 00:00
His Kind of Woman
His Kind of Woman - Nona Raines Trans romance? Yes, plz.
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