Monthly Archives: October 2015

Three Nights before Christmas (Montana Born Christmas) by Kat Latham

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Three Nights before Christmas (Montana Born Christmas)Three Nights before Christmas by Kat Latham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lacey Gallagher has finally been released from prison after being convicted of a crime she didn’t really know she was involved in. Lacey had been an train engineer and got caught up with the wrong man. Her boyfriend had used her to traffic drugs but being caught with the package she couldn’t convince a jury she hadn’t known what was going on and her boyfriend Dave had testified it had all been her idea.

Austin Wilder was the officer that had arrested Lacey three years ago. When he runs into her after her release he immediately distrusts her and begins checking up on her quite often. When Austin has a problem with restoring a steam engine train before Christmas he turns to Lacey for help.

I have to admit I was a bit on the fence with this one all the way through. Lacey’s story was one that a lot of woman or even men in some cases could relate to, maybe not to the extent of prison time but in trusting someone so completely but being let down and ending up feeling used that I couldn’t help but wish the best for her.

Austin on the other hand seemed quite the jerk in the beginning of this. Even if Lacey had been completely guilty of her crime she had done her time and he really didn’t need to keep harassing her when she first was released. A part of me kept wondering why in the world Lacey would even be attracted to someone who couldn’t give her a bit of trust at all. I think I would’ve believed the attraction between the two more if Austin had come to Lacey saying ok you did your time let me help you get your life back and offer you a job working on this train and the relationship sparked from some sort of niceness on his part.

Also, I picked this one up thinking it was a small town Christmas cozy romance but it got a bit graphic in the sex and language. There’s romantic steamy and there’s erotic steamy and this one with the language and details fell more to the erotic side which isn’t necessarily bad but felt it should be mentioned as it isn’t overly obvious with the description or what one would expect from a cozy Christmas tale.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C Book 6) by C.J. Carmichael

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A Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C Book 6)A Bramble House Christmas by C.J. Carmichael
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Willa and her son Scout have traveled to Marietta, Montana to stay at the lovely bed and breakfast called the Bramble House for the three weeks before Christmas. Willa is a nurse who had a very generous patient leave the prepaid trip, a ring and fifty thousand dollars to her in his will after he passed away. Her son Scout had just beaten cancer so she felt the two needed the getaway to help Scout feel normal again.

Finn Knightly is the son of the patient that left Willa such a generous amount in his will. Finn and his three sisters and mother believe that Willa had to scam their father so Finn has decided to book the same bed and breakfast to check out Willa for himself. What Finn doesn’t count on is falling in love with Willa and her son.

Such a beautiful story in a beautiful setting. Marietta and it’s small town charm really makes me want to head somewhere on a Christmas trip of my own. Scout and his story would bring tears to my eyes thinking how the little guy had fought so hard and just wanted to be a normal kid. Also couldn’t help but feel for Willa and her over protectiveness with Scout, how much she had gone through with him just pulls at the heartstrings. Finn was also a wonderful man who adored children and even when learning the truth didn’t run from Scout the way his own father had.

Overall, highly recommend this wonderful Christmas romance.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thirst (Ava Delaney, #1) by Claire Farrell

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Thirst (Ava Delaney, #1)Thirst by Claire Farrell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ava Delaney is different, she’s not quite a vampire but not quite human either. When Ava’s mother was pregnant she was attacked and killed by a vampire, Ava was born right before her mother died and some of the vampire’s poison stayed in her making her somewhat of a hybrid.

Ava does everything she can to fight her cravings for blood and to live like a normal human shutting herself off from others to not harm them. When she comes across a man in danger from a vampire and steps in to help she accidentally claims Carl to keep the other vampire from hurting him. Not knowing how to break the bond Ava seeks help and gets into more than she bargained for in the vampire world.

Not a bad story really but I found myself a bit bored as it seemed to move rather slowly for a short novella. Also, I found Ava a bit frustrating during her first meeting with Peter, seems she’d have saved herself a lot of trouble if she would have just said her grandmother sent her.

Overall, didn’t grab me as much as I’d like but a bit of a different twist on vampires so some may like it.

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Isabella Fontaine, Ken Brosky

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Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1)Prince Charming Must Die by Isabella Fontaine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alice leads a fairly normal life, she has a great boyfriend, does well in school but right before her eighteenth birthday things become a bit complicated in her life. She starts to volunteer at the local library but when tasked with returning a book to the basement her life changes, next thing she knows she has a giant talking rabbit telling her that she is the next hero and that Prince Charming must die.

A fun read bringing fairy tales into the real world. A rather short story it is really just the beginning of Alice’s adventures it seems as there are many more books in this series. Kind of felt like it was mostly an introduction to Alice with a rushed ending to this particular book to get her going on her journey. I would hope the next books deal more with more stories and characters and would probably really like the series in that case.

Overall, interesting start to the series, fairy tale characters hiding in the real world and the longer they are here the more evil they become.

Unlovable (The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist, #1) by Cynthia St. Aubin

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Unlovable (The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist, #1)Unlovable by Cynthia St. Aubin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Matilda Schmidt is a psychologist that has more studied human interaction than actually lived it. When she receives a strange phone call from a man claiming to be a demigod she thinks she actually may be losing her mind. When that man shows up the next day at her office with Cupid in tow expecting Matilda to treat him things couldn’t seem to be any crazier, that is until a armed man comes in and kidnaps Matilda claiming she’s been to Las Vegas and has gambling debts to pay.

A rather crazy mix up of events that wasn’t bad but with it being such a short story it seemed a bit too much to try to toss in. I would’ve liked to see a lot more detail and fleshing out of characters and story lines before jumping into the next event but this is novella length so it felt a bit rushed.

Overall, not bad just felt it would’ve worked better as a longer book.

Kissed by a Cowboy (Heart of Oklahoma, #1) by Lacy Williams

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Kissed by a Cowboy (Heart of Oklahoma, #1)Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Haley Carston returns to Redbud Trails to care for her dying aunt she runs into the daughter of her old high school friend Katie. Katie had passed away years ago in a car accident leaving her daughter Olivia in the care of her uncle Maddox. Maddox and Haley had feelings for each other that they never acted upon back after Katie had convinced Maddox to take Haley to her senior prom.

Olivia reminds Haley so much of Katie, when Olivia shows her that she wants to start up her own ice cream business Haley can’t help but get involved while she’s in town. Haley spending so much time with the little girl also means spending time with Maddox again and the two slowly begin to rekindle those old flames.

A lovely story of a love that once slipped away between two people that have matured over the years and now seem meant to be. Maddox has struggled to care for his niece and injured younger brother and Haley is the breath of fresh air needed to pull the family back together.

Overall, great love story would definitely recommend.

Blaze (Blaze, #1) by Erika Chase

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Blaze (Blaze, #1)Blaze by Erika Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate McDonald has moved to the big city of San Francisco from a small town in Alaska to try to get into a career in the publishing industry. While at an event she meets the famous author Gabriel Call. Gabriel is immediately attracted to Kate but doesn’t want to offer a relationship beyond sex while he is staying in San Francisco. Of course things heat up and it seems each are wanting more.

A really hot and steamy read with a lot of chemistry between the sheets for Kate and Gabriel. In a way this reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey in the way that Gabriel seemed to think of Kate as more of a possession and want things on his terms although it was not a dominate/submissive relationship as in those books.

It also seemed like as soon as the story started to progress it ended on a cliffhanger. Not overly a fan of the ones that just abruptly end in this way but a good read until then.

Overall, a good hot and steamy erotic romance with a cliffhanger ending.

White Lies by Emily Harper

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White LiesWhite Lies by Emily Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Natalie Flemming thinks she has her career on track as an accounting manager at a designer shoe company and all she wants to do is find her Mr. Right. Getting frustrated not meeting the man of her dreams she places an ad in a magazine hoping to expand her prospects. When a handsome stranger shows up at her company though Natalie can’t concentrate on any of her potential dates being infatuated with Oliver.

A lovely romantic comedy that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion with Natalie’s antics. Loved Natalie’s character right from the start, just the right mix of a sort of zany craziness that had me both laughing and rooting for things to turn out well for her. Her letters to the man of her dreams were always good for a chuckle between the chapters too.

Overall, great for the fans of romantic comedies.

Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin, #1) by Nancy Tesler

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Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin, #1)Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things by Nancy Tesler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Carrie Carlin is a biofeedback technician who is in the middle of a divorce from her husband of eighteen years who left her for a model that worked at his company. When she visits her old house and overhears the new fiance Erica discussing her five thousand dollar wedding dress she gets upset and rushes off only to be pulled over for speeding.

When hearing the next day that Erica was murdered Carrie gets a visit from the same detective that had pulled her over. When she finds herself becoming a suspect Carrie begins to investigate Erica’s murder on her own.

This book was alright really I just couldn’t really find myself getting too into the story as Carrie’s therapy time kind of bored me a bit. The oh my gosh this woman is an over-eater at 150lbs and a few others things was really kind of a turn off and found those areas of the story a bit boring. Not to mention that often it seemed Carrie should be a patient instead of helping others with some of her frantic behavior.

Overall, wasn’t a fan of the main character but I’m sure others would enjoy this cozy mystery.

The Island (The Island #1) by Jen Minkman

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The Island  (The Island #1)The Island by Jen Minkman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Leia lives on an island where the society she is from sends their children off to live in a place called the Manor at the age of ten. They are considered old enough to be on their own and must go and learn the rest of what they need to know to survive at the manor where at some point by the age of nineteen they should choose a mate and get married to then return to the village of the parents.

When Leia’s friend Andy tells them that their leader is lying to them Leia steals “the book” that contains the story of their ancestors for proof. As she is trying to hide it she meets a boy named Walt that is from the city beyond the wall that Leia’s people refer to as the Fools.

The Island really seems to be one of those love it or hate it type of stories. In the end I actually kind of enjoyed it but I also love Star Wars so when Leia’s are said to believe in the Force and their story is being told I kind of got hooked on seeing how in the world the author would explain all of this.

It’s really not until the very end of the story do you find out why all the Star Wars references but there was a reasoning behind it. That being said I believe the author captured what she was going for when trying to show a society’s rules can seem odd to an outsider.

Did I actually love the idea of ten year olds being sent away? No, not particularly but it captured my attention in wanting to know what in the heck these people were thinking. Of course the entire story and the explanation in the end also seem kind of silly too but I still found it entertaining to read.

Overall, best to describe this as a rather light-hearted dystopian novella that won’t be for everyone, especially those who will not like the Star Wars ties but for me still a fun read.