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review 2016-10-02 14:37
Reivew for Seth & Greyson
Seth & Greyson (The Coincidence Series Book 8) - Jessica Sorensen

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Seth has been betrayed by everyone he cares about and he can’t hang around after such an event. Early summer semester at college is his best option and so off he goes to college he goes. It really was a great decision for him because he meets Callie and they become fast friends. Bonding over the shitty ways of the world. The fall semester starts and he meets Greyson. Greyson is everything he could want, but after all the betrayal, Seth hesitates to really be with Greyson. With Callie’s encouragement, Seth knows he is going to have to get over his fears and make the commitment leap, if he can just leave his fears behind.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is novel I have been waiting for. I love Callie, Kayden, Violet, and Luke a lot, but Seth was a favorite character of mine from the very start. Seth’s character is just what we expect. He’s smart and sweet and so concerned about Callie that it melts my heart even more. He is so scared of the past repeating itself that he has trouble moving on. The decision to be open about his life choices in public is a hard one when he knows it’s not all going to be rainbows and sunshine. There are many stupid and close-minded people in the world, something Seth knows first hand. It’s an infuriating thing because the world has come so far in accepting homosexuality and yet there are so many out there who think they have the right to judge and call it wrong. What’s so hard to understand about love being love? Beyond that, it’s nobody’s business who anyone else decides to be with! Sorry, mini-rant over. It’s just a touchy subject for me.

I loved Greyson already, but it was interesting to get more of him. I loved being about to see inside his head. He’s smart and strong and comes from an incredible family. Greyson has more or less lived the dream for a boy coming out. He’s parents were very supportive and his hometown wasn’t as closed-minded about it. He has no horrors in his past like Seth does. Even so, he is incredibly understanding of Seth’s fears and goes out of his way to try to help assuage them. He’s exactly the type of guy Seth deserves.

What I loved about this was not only finally getting to see through Seth’s eyes, but also getting to see more of the rest of The Coincidence cast. I’m very character driven and Sorensen excels at creating an entire cast of people that I love and want to see more of. I don’t know how she does it, but she never fails to make me care about her perfectly flawed characters…even the ones I despise, like Delilah from the Nova series.

Seth and Greyson’s relationship progresses at a reasonable pace, but was a bit hot and cold. Seth has every right and reason to be cautious, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to shake him a time or two for being so stupid. Even though Greyson wasn’t happy about it, he was understanding and would have been happy to keep things quiet if that was what Seth needed. I know that Seth’s reasons for avoiding a relationship were deeper than normal fear, but it still bugged me…a lot. I’ve never been a fan of that on again off again thing, so it always bugs me even if there is a logical reason for it.

I was a little worried when I started this that it would spoil me for some of the rest of the series. I’ve only read the first three and I was apprehensive about skipping three books to read this one, but I’m happy to report that it spoils nothing. I do recommend that you at least read The Coincidence Of Callie & Kayden before this or it will spoil that storyline, but I don’t think it will have an impact the rest of the series.

This novel is exactly what I was hoping for when I heard about the possibility of a storyline for my favorite side character. It’s smart and sweet and not overly dramatic. It has the romantic moments we were all imagining as we read The Coincidence, but with enough conflict to really feel like a well-rounded story.

****Thank you to Jessica Sorensen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review****

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review 2016-08-25 20:22
THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by Amy E. Reichert
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy E. Reichert
  Lou discovers her fiancé with another woman. She's upset and off her game as she cooks that night for a restaurant critic. He gives it to her with both barrels and her restaurant slowly goes down the drain. The same day she meets a man in a bar who cannot wait to brush the dust of Milwaukee off his shows. She challenges him that she will introduce him to the real Milwaukee and he will change his attitude. Neither knows how life changing that meeting will be as he is the reason she is losing her Lou discovers her fiancé with another woman. She's upset and off her game as she cooks that night for a restaurant critic. He gives it to her with both barrels and her restaurant slowly goes down the drain. The same day she meets a man in a bar who cannot wait to brush the dust of Milwaukee off his shoes. She challenges him that she will introduce him to the real Milwaukee and he will change his attitude. Neither knows how life changing that meeting will be as he is the reason she is losing her restaurant.

What a delightful story! I loved it. The characters were wonderful. I fell in love with them especially Otto and Gertrude. Lou meets Al at the bar. Both decide they do not want to talk about work when together. For Lou she just wants to get away from the downward spiral of her life. For Al he figures he won't be in town long so why spoil their time together. Lou's co-workers and friends, Sue and Harley, are interesting and a little light diversion along the way. Al's co-worker John becomes his friend and confidant as he learns his role in Lou's loss. There is even a hiss-worthy villain in Devlin and not just because he seemingly cheated on Lou.

I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting it was so good. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love. This is a keeper.
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review 2016-07-22 22:11
The Coincidence of Cocount Cake
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy E. Reichert

This book was described in the summary as You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat A Cupcake. I saw the movie You’ve Got Mail, but I have not read the second. I do know how to eat a cupcake, if that’s important to my credibility. The good news is, neither of these is required reading, you can just dive right into this delicious summer read. This is a light-hearted, often completely predictable story, but you know what? Sometimes that is just what you need. I would give one warning — do not spend too much time near the kitchen while reading this — your mouth will be watering as the chef describes some outstanding food, but if you give in you will gain 25 pounds before you finish the book.

 

Here’s what I say to tempt you further: this book makes me want to take my next vacation in Wisconsin. That is something I don’t say lightly, and I can also confirm I have never said before. The author so lovingly describes her home state that I am tempted to eat my way through it myself. She had me at deep fried cheese curds.

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text 2016-01-18 17:13
Best Debut Romance Writers of 2015
In Search of Scandal (London Explorers) by Susanne Lord (2015-12-01) - Susanne Lord
Act Like It - Lucy V. Parker
Ruth's Bonded (Ruth & Gron Book 1) - V.C. Lancaster
I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm (The Lords of Worth) by Bowen, Kelly (2014) Mass Market Paperback - Kelly Bowen
Change of Heart (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel) - Molly Jebber
The Harlot Countess - Joanna Shupe
Bachelorette for Sale - Gail Chianese
Time's Up (A Maisie McGrane Mystery) - Janey Mack
Hello, I Love You: A Novel - Katie M. Stout
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy E. Reichert

I am always on the look out for new writers. Here are some great Romance Authors who made their debut in 2015.

 

 

Vote on your favorite Best Debut Romance Writers of 2015

 

My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

 

1. The Courtesan Duchess (Wicked Deceptions, #1)  by Joanna Shupe

2. Act Like It by Lucy Parker (first book under this name)

3. In Search of Scandal (London Explorers, #1) by Susanne Lord

4. Ruth's Bonded (Ruth & Gron, #1)  by V.C. Lancaster

5. I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm (The Lords of Worth, #1)  by Kelly Bowen

6. Bachelorette for Sale by Gail Chianese

7. Change of Heart by Molly Jebber

8. Time's Up by Janey Mack

9. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

10. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

 

 

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review 2015-12-15 15:17
Beautiful, Sexy Little Holiday Read
Snowfall (Novella) - Mary Ann Rivers

This is probably the best holiday novella I've ever read, and possibly the best novella, full stop. Jenny, a microbiologist who makes her living viewing tiny organisms under a high powered microscope, moves across the country to become a research scholar, and then almost immediately receives a life-changing medical diagnosis:

she's going blind.

(spoiler show)

 

While working through the stages of grief related to her condition, and adjusting to her new job and new city, Jenny strikes up a serendipitous cyber relationship with the former tenant of her apartment. After several innocuous online interactions, their relationship turns to very spicy cyber sex, which is both a physical and an emotional refuge for Jenny, who is lonely and tending toward depression.

 

Meanwhile, Jenny also has sexual tension developing in her contentious relationship with her occupational therapist, Evan, whose job it is to help her adjust to the new reality necessitated by her medical condition.

 

The reader realizes much sooner than Jenny that Evan and her online lover are one and the same, and when Evan realizes and doesn't immediately tell Jenny, that could have been a huge turnoff for me (I hate intentional dishonesty tropes), and yet Mary Ann Rivers negotiates that plot twist deftly enough that both characters' motivations and reactions are both relatable and ethical.

 

The writing is hauntingly beautiful. I'll be thinking about this story long after finishing it, and I'll definitely read it again -- perhaps every Christmas season.

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