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review 2020-10-16 09:21
Ride the Tide - Julie Ann Walker

This is book #3, in the Deep Six series. This book can be read as a standalone.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading the series in the order intended.


Alexis wants Mason and she has made no secret of it.  Her uncontrollable attraction appears one sided, but he shows her repeatedly with though and deed that is not so.  Only they have to dodge attempts on their lives and search for treasure while keeping themselves apart.


Mason has no idea what to do with Alex.  One minute she is the smartest, most beautiful woman he has ever known, and the next she is the most cunning sexpot alluring him with her honest mouth.  Can they survive it all?


The pace of this book moves very fast as there is much inside.  Lots of surprises for the reader, as well as a burning heat between the main characters that may move the reader to need a fan.  The gang is all here in this one, and the new installment is satisfying, if not a slow burn.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2019-03-14 11:29
Unfinished by Julieann Dove
Unfinished - Julieann Dove



She didn't realize she lost her voice until a stranger gave her back her heart. There will be tissues, but out of heartache comes hope and Unfinished never gives up on that. Marcie thought she was living the dream, until her happy ending imploded all around her. A chance encounter could be the push she needs to begin anew. Yet when the pain of the past resurfaces, can her new beginning survive the fallout? Dove takes readers from angsty to inspired in the most captivating way.

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review 2018-08-20 23:49
Rewrite the Stars by Julieann Dove
Rewrite the Stars - Julieann Dove


They were meant to be together, yet destined to be kept apart. Claire is the good girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Colin is the chosen one. His path has been determined by his last name. Thrown together for countless summers at a young age, it's only in adulthood that love takes hold of their hearts and disrupts their lives. Will they be able to survive the stones tossed their way? Rewrite the Stars is a modern twist on a classic plot. Despite the obviousness of the tale, Dove appeals to the heart with a serenity and sincerity that makes for a wonderfully sweet read.

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review 2017-01-26 06:14
Good Story and Characters
The Secret He Keeps - Julieann Dove

Rachel’s living room smelled like stagnant smoke and dust. Rachel had given numbers to all the things that made her feel abandoned Rachel’s dog Gus was her only friend in the world and was the only one who was witness to the destruction Rachel’s life had become. Rachel had been married to scott but Scott had died in a car accident he had been driving in drunk with Rachel in the car. Rachel blamed herself for not taking the keys or otherwise stopping Scott from driving in that condition and wished she had died instead of him. But rachel has no memory of what really happened or of the last year of Scott’s and her marriage or life together. Scott has been dead 10 months and 2 days. The last time Rachel had a guest to her house was 4 months ago and it had been  her mother. Yet it was 7 am and someone was knocking at her door. It was a man Rachel didn’t recognize and he was walking away. John Witzel had been the man at Rachel’s door, he was a utility worker after the bad storm that had just swept through. John thought Rachel was beautiful but left as he had a rule about women no dating outside of a bar. John could talk to women in a bar  and they weren’t off limits to his rule. John had an ex fiance named Kelly thirteen months after they started together  Kelly cheated with a coworker and it was six months before john’s and Kelly's wedding. Now John was finished with girls. Rachel tried to turn down the voices in her head that said she was a loser and she would never make it without her husband. Rachel was so lonely she couldn’t take it anymore. Rachel was a doctor and had a practice waiting for her. Scott’s best friend Dane was Rachel's partner in the practice. Rachel had a therapist who was trying to get Rachel to remember her lost memories of the year and the accident. Scott and Rachel had spent a lot of time with Dane and her therapist told her to ask Dane about that year but Rachel hadn’t talked to Dane recently. Now Rachel was drinking a lot herself to get through the day. Rachel had already attempted suicide but had been found before it was too late. Dane was already in love with Rachel and had stayed at her side as much as he could while she was at the hospital. Dane had been in love with Rachel since he had seen her at a bar, but Dane stepped back and let his best friend Scott go after and marry Rachel. But then Scott starting drinking a lot more until he fell into alcoholism. Rachel finds she has feelings for Dane but feels guilty about it. Rachel knows she must start living again and starts to find clues to what happened that night and the year before. She finds Scott was no saint as she goes on.

I liked this story and the plot . but at times this dragged for me. But my heart went out to Rachel as I am a young widow my husband's death was from a totally different reason but it takes a long time to get even halfway over it.. This story was very real to me in a big way just different circumstances but still the strong grief. It was sad that Scott became a different man as his alcoholism worsened. I loved how Dane was there for Rachel even when she didn’t want to live and was acting like Scott had been a great person and Dane knew that wasn't true. But this got a little confusing at times and also whatever happened to John? It was hard to tell what was in the past and what was in the present at times. This did keep your interest and turning the pages to see what would happen next. All and all a good read and I enjoyed how people who cared and loved rachel didn’t give up on her . i loved the characters and the twists and turns of this story. However I thought the ending was a little rushed but I still recommend.

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review 2016-12-25 00:27
The Secret He Keeps - Julieann Dove

Secrets always have a way of coming out no matter how hard we try to hide them. “The Secrets He Keeps" by Juliann Dove accurately depicts this statement.

This is my first time reading anything written by the author, but as soon as I read the blurb I knew I had to get a copy of this book. I figured that this would have been an emotional read and I was not disappointed. I am not sure I would have classified this as a romance. The emphasis was more on learning to cope with a devastating loss rather than falling in love.

What I liked about this story was the portrayal of the effects that the grieving process can have on an individual. We all grieve in our own way and sometimes it can take us down a path of destruction. This was the effect it had on Dr. Rachel Miller. At the beginning of the story, we see Rachel grieving the loss of her husband for over a year. During this time, she had isolated herself from her friends, family, and co-workers. She was in a state of depression and was on the verge of becoming an alcoholic. Added to that she had no recollection of the events leading up to her husband’s death. All she knew was that she survived the very accident that took her husband’s life.

Rachel struggled to keep the best memories of her husband alive even when the ugly ones tried to raise their heads. She refused to accept any information, regardless of whom it came from, that would put her husband in a bad light, and she was not willing to move on as she felt it would be a betrayal to do so. The story was an accurate reflection of how at times the truth can be a painful pill to swallow. However, for one to move forward one has to be willing to accept the truth no matter how painful it can be. Rachel was not willing to accept the truth and so she repressed the bad memories. The further I got into the story, it became clear why she was not willing to and it was at this point that I began to understand her actions.

The story was told from three POVs, but the two that stood out was that of Rachel and Dane. Seeing the story through their eyes allowed me to relate to their pain, their struggles and them coming to terms with their feelings towards each other. I am still trying to figure out how John, whose POV was also provided fits into the story. When I was first introduced to him I thought he would have played a big part in the story. However, after some time his character fizzled out never to be heard from again.

The pacing was good, there was never a dull moment. I was curious to know the secrets that were being kept. I had my suspicions about the secrets, but there was one in particular that shocked me to the core. I honestly never saw that one coming.

Although I enjoyed the story, there were some issues I had that prevented me from giving it a higher rating.
1. What happened to John? It was evident that he and Rachel had a connection, but this was never explored fully. Did he go back to his fiancé? It would have been good to have the answer to these questions.
2. The story ended rather abruptly. It felt as if the author was in a rush to complete the story and in the process cheated her readers. In all honesty, I was expecting an ending that would have put a smile on my face and bring tears to my eyes.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and one that I would recommend.

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