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review 2015-11-03 23:19
Liar - Lia Fairchild

Title: Liar
Author:
Lia Fairchild
Genre:
Romance
Publisher:
Lia Fairchild
Publication Date:
November 3, 2015
Format:
egalley provided by author

 

Synopsis

 

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

My Review (originally posted at Read, Run, Ramble):

 

Thank you, Lia Fairchild, for providing me with a copy of this book!

 

Okay, I need to start with this – I LOVE Daniel and Gray. Compulsive (book 1) and Liar are my favorite Romance EVER. Yes, you read that correctly, EVER.

 

Fairchild took the genre and made it her own and I loved every word. Gray is a strong heroine and while she does fall in love, she never loses herself or her strength. She very clearly wants and needs to be with Daniel, but never will readers feel like if she can’t be, she won’t be able to move on with her life. I think that is important to me. Daniel is definitely strong and handsome, but never a cliché muscle-bound, must-have-her-now goon. He cares for Gray, that is clear, but again, he doesn’t lose himself.

 

Now, in Compulsive, Gray’s demons and secrets bring her and Daniel together, but now in Liar, Daniel’s secrets threaten to tear them apart. Lia built in some great backstory and history that everyone will be eager to read. These characters are nuanced and fun – there’s so much to love about all of them. None of that isn’t to say that readers won’t see a ‘bad guy’ or two – keep your eyes peeled; not everyone is in Gray’s and Daniel’s corner!

 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the sexy scenes. As a beta reader for this book*, I was watching closely for the sexy scenes. I’m pretty critical of them actually, but in this book, I absolutely ADORED them. Fairchild wrote with expert balance. There’s not too much sex, or silly language used, or over-the-top situations. I know writing these scenes, whether they include sex or not, can be difficult for an author and I applaud Fairchild in handling them the best I may have ever seen then handled!!

 

Fairchild’s writing, creative story weaving, and on-point character building combines into one spectacular Romance. Even if you aren’t a fan of the genre (it is FAR from my fave), you’ll love this one.

 

*Thank you for trusting me with your words and the world you’ve built, Lia. It was an HONOR.

 

I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.

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review 2015-02-09 00:32
The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester
The Thursday Night Club: A Tale of Christmas Spirit - Steven Manchester

Title: The Thursday Night Club A Tale of Christmas Spirit

Author: Steven Manchester

Genre: General Fiction – Christmas Story

Publisher: The Story Plant

Publication Date: November 18, 2014

Format: egalley provide by The Story Plant

 

Synopsis

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

My review (published at Read, Run, Ramble):

 

Thank you to The Story Plant for providing me with an early copy of this book!

 

Five college friends meet on Thursdays to play cards and hang out. They enjoy college life, each other’s company, and playing pranks on each other. But when tragedy strikes the group is shaken and life begins to teach lessons that no professor or classroom can. What is life all about? Can a life cut short really be a meaningful one – one that matters, even if all it could have accomplished will now go unaccomplished? What makes our lives “worthy”?

 

I enjoyed The Thursday Night Club. It was a sweet rendition of Christmas spirit and the good that comes from small deeds and by normal people. As with all of Manchester’s work, this novella packs a lot of caring, sharing, love, friendship, and growth. Writing stories that come from and are directed right at the heart, Manchester always makes me smile.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.

 

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