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review 2017-04-28 14:00
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
Harmful Rush: A Remedy Stand-Alone Novel - Debra Doxer,Pam Berehulke

Harmful Rush
Debra Doxer
(Remedy #3)
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Harmful Rush is a standalone, full-length novel set in the Remedy world. You do not have to read the first two books to read this book.

Skylark Samuels has a secret.

She’s not a normal teenager, although she plays one in real life. Pretending to be something you’re not isn’t easy, especially in high school where gossip is gold. For years, Sky manages to hide her uniqueness, until one fateful day when she exposes her gift, her curse, and all her fears come to pass. Now instead of going to college near home like she planned, she has to leave town and go someplace where the rumors can’t follow. The plan when she gets there: keep to herself and stay under the radar.

But blending into the background is impossible when local heartthrob Dylan Parks notices her. Even though Sky keeps her distance and doesn’t act like one of Dylan’s adoring fans, he goes out of his way to talk to her. Her. The girl who wants to be invisible.

Sky isn’t immune to Dylan’s charm, but getting close to him is a bad idea. It goes against the promise she made to herself. Besides, if Dylan knew the truth, he wouldn’t want her. If he discovered her secret, he’d treat her differently and possibly fear her. It’s happened before. But the more Sky gets to know Dylan, the harder it is to resist him, until fate intervenes.

A tragic event forces Sky to reveal herself to the one person she’s come to care for, and his reaction is unexpected. For the first time, she doesn’t feel so alone. But what she doesn’t realize is that she’s never been alone. When she finally lets her guard down, someone comes along who threatens to unravel everything, because being normal was never Sky’s destiny.

 

My Review

I thought the book was pretty good, I really loved Sky and how badly she wanted to help people, especially the ones she loves, with her gift.

I think Sky was my favorite character. I liked Dylan, he wasn't my favorite hero ever but I did think that him and Sky were cute together. Sky's gift was pretty awesome, and the story was interesting. I really wish I could put my finger on why this book wasn't a 5 star read for me. I think it's just that I have read so many great book's lately, and this book wasn't quite there. I really felt like it really was more like a 3 1/2 stars, but I had to round it up to a 4 star. The reason why is because of Sky, I just loved that she wanted to help people. There was a villain in the story and I just have to say what a jerk he was. While his sister was so awesome. I haven't read the first two books in the series but I really get them eventually.

I was really glad that I had a chance to take part in the tour for this book. I am very happy that I asked to take part in the tour. And that I was chosen to be one of the reviewers. So thanks so much too all parties involved that chose me to take part in it.

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Author Bio:

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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review 2016-06-27 19:51
And yet somehow, I want more...
My Busboy - John Inman (Fi

'My Busboy' is the second book that I've read by this author and while I loved 'Shy' for me this one was just ok.

 

This is the story of Robert Johnny an author who seems to be experiencing  a bit of writer's block. With his 30th birthday on the horizon, his friend Chaz, who apparently seems to be suffering from a case of unrequited love for Robert decides that they need to go out to dinner to celebrate this auspicious occasion. It's at Robert's favorite Mexican restaurant that we encounter the incredibly beautiful Dario.

 

I say incredibly beautiful because Robert spends most of the book telling us how gorgeous and sweet and nice and attractive and beautiful and sexy and on and on and on Dario is with his cognac colored eyes and acorn colored skin and dark, silky lustrous hair and on top of all this he smells good too.  Yes, this was probably my strongest point of contention about the book. I got it Dario was incredibly attractive, I had this figured out after the first 4 or 5 times I'd been told, what can I say apparently I can be a little dense at times you'd think I would have clued in after the first couple of times but nope, I'm going to claim it took 4 or 5 which only leaves me to wonder how many times other people need to be told because seriously there are considerably more references to Dario's unparalleled beauty. 

 

 

Ok, enough about Dario let's talk about the other things that kept this from being what I believe was a story that had the potential to be awesome. Robert's age, yep, the man turned 30 not 40 or 60 or 100 just 30. Dear god Robert get over it and move on with your life before it passes you by and you suddenly find you are 60 or 100 and by the way 60...not so old either, of course I say this as someone who's fast approaching this digit. This combined with the fact that he perpetually kept obsessing over Dario's age which was 21. Ok, I freely acknowledge there was a significant age difference difference, but not an unparalleled one to be sure. Hell my dad was 11 years older...never mind bad example. Still 9 years if you really care about the person just accept it or end things and move on...stop whining about what can't be changed. 

 

Next we have the whole friendship with Chaz. The guy is in love with Robert or more like he wants what he can't have. Robert and Chaz have hooked up in the past and the magic just wasn't there for Robert and in his defense I do believe he's made Chaz abundantly clear on this issue, however, he does like Chaz as a friend and he values the friendship. Unfortunately Chaz has a bit of trouble dealing with this, however, there comes a point in the story at which for me it became abundantly clear that Chaz's 'unrequited love' really was more a case of 'I just want what I can't have' and that's all I'm going to say on that topic other than I actually enjoyed this part of the story. 

 

Now let's talk Robert and Dario. For the most part I have to admit I found Robert to be borderline obnoxious, I just didn't warm up to him at all. I did however, like his cat, Clutch. That's right the cat's name was Clutch, if there was an explanation for his name, I have to admit. I missed it but I liked Clutch. He had definite personality as most cats do. Dario was in fact a sweet young man and he was by no means a pushover or any kind bimbo or gigolo. He was in fact an intelligent young man who was attending college and working towards a degree in Veterinary Medicine, so definitely not a gold digger either. While there were moments when Robert and Dario worked for me and I could see them as a couple there were times as well that I just didn't feel the love so the relationship for me was a hit and miss thing. 

 

The only other issue that I had that was a bit of a WTF moment when "we interrupt this story to bring you a personal service announcement about why reviewers write bad reviews and the merit or lack thereof, of said reviews." Insert PSA here...we now resume our regularly scheduled story. In truth there were portions of this that I actually agreed with, things that I could care less about and things that might have been left out and/or added in, but most importantly it played no integral role in the story and furthered nothing for me.

 

Ok enough about what didn't work let's look at what worked. First off let's start with that cover...visually very appealing. Now moving into the actual book. There were definite moments of the humor that had so enchanted me when I read 'Shy' I laughed and while I love serious, angsty, over the top drama, tearjerkers. I also love it when an author makes me laugh. I liked the overall story and plot as well as the love story between Robert and Dario there was a mystery going on, Robert has a stalker and this was the part of the story that I enjoyed. I managed to narrow who it was down to 3 possible suspects and while I'm fairly certain that these were suspects that the author wanted to lead me to and I may have leaned strongly towards one or two of them. It wasn't until the very last moments that I became convinced of who the stalker was...so, well done on the mystery for me also although things are pretty much concluded for Robert and Dario as far as I'm concerned Mr. Inman did leave me with a couple of characters whom I would love to read more about.

 

So, was the book a huge success for me...no, not really and yet I'm left saying that I want more from the author about a couple of secondary characters who were in the book and this really impresses me since I honestly don't remember the last time, if ever, that an author has gotten me to want more from something that I didn't overly enjoy in the first place.

 

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A copy of this book was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2016-06-26 00:16
I find myself wondering "If I took away the memories of the love I have...
What Remains - Garrett Leigh

What Remains...and is it enough?

 

Try to imagine, if you will, suddenly having your memories of your entire life for the past five years wiped out, gone in the blink of an eye. Honestly, you can try but whatever you're imagining is probably only a fraction of what it's really like. I know I've been there and thankfully for me the memory loss only lasted for a few hours and yet over 25 years later the thought of it can still reduce me to tears...tears of fear that it could have lasted much longer and tears of gratitude that it didn't. Ironically the memory of those few hours are still so vivid for me and the thought of sitting there in a hospital bed not really knowing who I was, who my husband was or if I was even married and that I had a child. Things that I would have told you in a million years nothing could ever, ever make me forget and yet in the blink of an eye something happened that did just that it made me forget everything that I held most precious in this world...now try to imagine those years getting stolen from you again. Look at your husband and your children and think who are these people? Why are they here? Do they know me? Do I know them? Will they hurt me? and yes, don't forget the most important questions...who am I? and what's happened to me? Imaging not being able to answer those questions...any of them.

 

In 'What Remains' that's exactly what Garrett Leigh does. She shows us what can happen when one person's world is ripped away in an instant and the people he loves are left to try and help him find a new reality. 

 

Jodi and Rupert are basically living the life. They met by accident and what started as a friendship with a strong dose of attraction turned into love. Life couldn't be better...well, maybe Rupert's ex could fall off the face of the earth but other than that everything's pretty idyllic. They've got each other, Rupert's daughter, Indie who they both adore. Jodi's ex and current BFF, Sophie. They've made a home together in Jodi's loft. What more could they ask for everything's perfect...until it isn't. In one unguarded moment for Jodi it's all gone. He doesn't remember who Rupert is what they're suppose to mean to each other or Indie and what the hell when did Sophie stop being his girlfriend? 

 

For the first part of this book the author took us back and forth between the beginning of Jodi and Rupert's relationship and events leading up to Jodi's accident. While I'm not normally a fan of time shifts, in this instance it worked as a highly effective way for the reader to not only get the background information but for the author to bring us into the events that are going to reshape the lives of Jodi, Rupert and those around them and while I really enjoyed this part of the story it was at the point where the story stayed in the present that I found myself becoming truly involved. 

 

'What Remains' is a love story, there's no denying that but it's also a story about second chances, facing adversity and overcoming life's obstacles, pain/comfort/healing and believing that while it may not be all you need, love can be the cornerstone upon which to build or re-build your life.

 

I loved that this story asked questions many of us either don't want to or never ask or if we do the answer is given without realizing what it could truly mean... 'if I could do it all over again, would I fall in love with you?' or 'if something happened to me and I wasn't who I am now, would you still love me?'

 

And more than anything I loved the realism that came with this story. What happened to Jodi and  how it affected him. The fact that while Rupert was awesome he wasn't perfect we saw his frustration and inner turmoil over how things did or sometimes didn't seem to change, the tole that events took on him...personally and professionally. The impact that things had on Sophie and even Indie and most of all the ending. This was not a fairytale HEA ending where things suddenly got fixed. The HEA that these MCs got was won through hard work, sheer determination, endurance and love. Jodi wasn't magically all fixed but with time and effort he began to get control of his life again and accept how it had changed allowing him and Rupert to find their way back to each other. 

 

'What Remains' was my first read for this author and has definitely left me wanting to read more of which, thankfully, I have many. 

 

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An ARC of this book was graciously provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-09-12 12:10
The Paris Key
The Paris Key - Juliet Blackwell

What is it about Paris and stories about people with screwed up love lives?  

 

I'm a fan of Juliet Blackwell, who up until this point has focussed solely on cozy mysteries (two of them paranormal).  I bought this, her first stand-alone, on faith and I wasn't disappointed.

 

As a girl, Genevieve Martin spent the happiest summer of her life in Paris, learning the delicate art of locksmithing at her uncle’s side. But since then, living back in the States, she has been an observer of life rather than an active participant, holding herself back from those around her, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

As her marriage crumbles, she finds herself faced with an incredible opportunity: return to the magical city of her youth to take over her late uncle’s shop. But she realizes the city also holds secrets about her family that could change her forever, and that locked doors can protect you or imprison you, depending on which side of them you stand.

 

 

I feel like I've been to Paris, a city I've yet to see, (France, yes - Paris, no) and the people came to life off the page.  The story was absorbing and I felt like it moved along at a brisk pace and in spite of Genevieve's aloofness and disconnectedness, I liked her and her neighbors.  Even her soon-to-be-ex is ultimately a sympathetic character: although he isn't likeable, he's neither an ass nor a doormat.

 

There are three alternating time-lines and 3 different POVs - 4 if you count Genevieve's younger self - and normally I can't stand this.  When I realised it was a device in this story I admit to feeling instantly hostile.  But Ms. Blackwell not only made it work, she had me hooked by the end of the first flashback.  It also helps that it isn't a constant every-other-chapter thing either: it was often enough to keep me absorbed, but not so often that I felt like I was being yanked back-and-forth.

 

The ending was great; not overly climatic but realistic.  Genevieve's moment at Sacre Coeur had tears collecting in the back of my eyes and I'm generally immune to such things.

 

All in all, it was a great book well written; one I'll read again someday when I need to visit Paris in my  mind.

 

P.S. - no romance in this one.

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review 2015-08-20 18:29
´╗┐Review: The Murderer's Daughter ´╗┐by Jonathan Kellerman
The Murderer's Daughter: A Novel - Jonathan Kellerman

I received my copy of The Murderer's Daughter from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. 

What I liked: This is my first read of a Jonathan Kellerman novel. I've heard of him of course but never had the time to start his Alex Delaware series. Since The Murderer's Daughter is touted has a standalone novel, I thought I'd take a chance and check out Mr. Kellerman's writing.

I'm not going to rehash the synopsis but the short explanation is Grace Blades is present as a young child at the murder-suicide of her mother and father, if you could call them that. She's moved around in the foster care system until finally ending up at a place she's comfortable. That comfort all goes to heck with the arrival of 3 children from a cult. They aren't supposed to stay long and they don't....as a matter of fact Grace feels sure at least one of the three spoils her refuge but she finally ends up in a wonderful place that appreciates her intelligence and she prospers.

Got that? Okay. Mr. Kellerman's writing is fine and it was pretty easy to follow the story. I did find the flashbacks of Grace's life more interesting than the present day Grace. I didn't find her either a good or bad heroine, she just was a unique individual driven to solve a murder mystery many years old. 

I enjoyed the read but wasn't blown away by it. It kept my attention and I was able to read it very quickly. I enjoyed the psychologist side of Grace's character. She had been through so much herself; she was able to connect almost instantly with her patients. Mr. Kellerman did get a bit verbose in several areas of description and I don't know that we needed all the information provided or if he was just trying to stretch the page count.

What I didn't like: The Murderer's Daughter is billed as a thriller and yet, I didn't find it thriller-like. I found it to be more of a mystery with a small cast of characters. There were a few times where the over abundance of what I felt was unnecessary information just bogged down the story. 

This was an okay read for me. Not one that is going to stick with me for awhile but interesting while I was reading it. It's also one of those cases where based on the price of the e-book, I would either borrow the book from a friend or read the library edition. It's not one, unless you collect Mr. Kellerman's works, I would recommend buying.

Overall a good, solid book.

Source: www.justtalkingbooks.com/blog/early-review-the-murderers-daughter-by-jonathan-kellerman-releases-18-aug-2015
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