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review 2020-02-26 20:52
The Tangled Woods
The Tangled Woods - Emily Raboteau

Oh man. No. I don't even know what to say here. This after the last story in the collection had me pulling my hair. There was too much going on and I loathed the main character, Reginald. I think Raboteau was dunking on hoteps with this short story, but it just didn't grip me at all. Also if you want to know about hoteps, please go Google that. I am not energetic enough today to talk about the never ending messiness in the African American community. Let's just say that Raboteau did a great job with it and Reginald sucked. 


"The Tangled Woods" follows college professor Reginald Wright (eyeballs last name) who is angry at his life, his wife, and young son. Apparently he was attracted to his wife when she was "woke" but now questions who she is, what they are doing together, etc. on their way to a family vacation to the Poconos. We are quickly given insights into the real Reginald and then the ending comes along with a thunk that did not work at all. 


So there's not much there I have to say with this. Raboteau starts to pull the layers away from Reginald and you realize he's crap. And you wonder how much his wife knows/gets. And there are some hints there even with his son. But then things swerve into some thing about Make America Great Again or something (I started to roll my eyes so hard I couldn't focus) and it just didn't land where I think she wanted this to. And though I gave the one story a pass on not really being horror (since it's told via a young boy and how his and his friends imaginations work) I can't on this one. It's not really horror. It's just Reginald doing dumb things repeatedly and I don't think catching a clue about them and someone someone gets beaten up. I don't know. I was glad to move on after completing this one. 

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review 2019-10-30 09:41
Tangled Up In Christmas (Texas Heat #2) by: Lisa Renee Jones
Tangled Up In Christmas - Lisa Renee Jones




Sweet and naughty takes a holiday twist. Tangled Up In Christmas melds sentimental with tempting and gets electric. Jones gives her sensitive side free reign to seduce even the hardest of hearts. Roarke and Hannah are a heartache short of heartwarming. He's a heartbreaker with a ton to regret. She's a survivor, who wants to forget. Can the pain of yesterday pave the way for a happier tomorrow? Tangled Up In Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

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review 2019-10-30 06:24
Tangled Up In Christmas - Lisa Renee Jones

This is book #2, in the Texas Heat series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these in order intended by the author.


Hannah returns to her hometown in this story about the holidays and second chances.  She has to meet up with an Ex-fiance' and others who watched her grow up.  It is a little bit of eating humble pie, and a lot of resisting the charms of the only man she has ever loved.


Roarke wants the woman he loves back.  Theirs is a story that puts the word complicated to shame.  She thinks he cheated on him, and he was only a victim of someone else's plot.  Can he win her back on the merits of the fact they know one another like no other?


This story was challenging and pulls on the heart strings.  Seeing a couple still so much in love be apart and still get through the day is hard.  Told in a way that it just makes you appreciate romance books - this is a book that will take your heart and help it fly.  I found the characters to be deep and compelling and I cannot wait for another installment of this series.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2019-10-29 14:38
Good Story and Good Characters
Tangled Up In Christmas - Lisa Renee Jones

Roarke had been Hannah’s babysitter at one time having been six years older than her. Hannah and Roarke had been best friends all their lives. And fell in love and became engaged to marry.  She had been the girl next store and knew Roarke better than anyone. Than Hannah got an email with a beautiful model hanging all over Roarke. Roarke had been a YouTube sensation as “ the Horse Wrangler”. Hannah couldn't forgive his cheating and called off the engagement and never let Roarke even try to explain.  Than she ;left Sweetwater-their hometown- and went to LA seven years ago. She worked as a high fashion photographer. Than her boss got caught up in a scandal and she was blacklisted unfairly as well. Hannah moved back to texas and started an event planning business. Linda was a photographer from Dallas who became hannah’s business partner. When Linda got injured she took a job for Linda. Hannah goes to the event and meets up with an old friend Jason- who is Roarke’s best friend. Jason’s fiance wants Hannah to do the planning for the event they are launching. It is in Sweetwater. It is to be a Christmas festival. She would have to spend a lot of time with roarke as he was part of the committee. Roarke was now a veterinarian now. Hannah literally runs into Roiarke at the airport. Hannah tries to stay away from Roarke both physically and emotionally Hannah nor Roarke had ever got over each other. 

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy heartwarming second chance romance. I would have liked to see more of Hannah and Roarke working on their issues. There was a lot of back and forth in this book but in the end it was worth it. I loved the ending. I advise you to read the first book in this series for a smoother read. I loved how everyone in the town pitched in to help Hannah’s ideas happen. I cheered Roarke and Hannah on. I loved Roarke and hannah’s relationship and he could finally tell her the truth. Hannah and roarke definitely had great chemistry. I wish I could rate this 4.5 I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2019-10-26 02:13
4 Tangled Stars
Tangled Up In Christmas - Lisa Renee Jones


She left Sweetwater, Texas and horse wrangler Roarke Frost behind when he broke her heart but now fate sends her back in a wicked twists and she runs smack into the man again. No matter how much she tries to get tangled up in Christmas, she ends up tangled in Roarke instead and he feel like Mr. Right, but history says he’s Mr. Wrong. So if Roarke wants a second chance he’ll have to prove that this holiday is a season of new beginnings, the kind that last forever.


This holiday romance is very emotional but heartwarming and full of Christmas spirit. The characters are strong, compelling and easily draw readers into their story which has a complicated and heartbreaking past. The hero and heroine still has oodles of sizzling chemistry but the relationship has some emotionally turbulent obstacles to overcome and some secrets that have to be revealed which keeps reader glued to the pages of this second chance romance.


The holiday makes reaching for that second chance even more heartwarming and special throughout the steady pace of putting together a Christmas festival and the entire story has lots of holiday spirited events peppered throughout that really warms the heart and makes readers feel happy and good. The author paints such vivid imagery that readers feel as if they are part of the story which makes it easy to become completely captivated by the hero and heroine of this holiday romance.


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