Monthly Archives: December 2015

Evergreen Springs (Haven Point, #3) by RaeAnne Thayne

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Evergreen Springs (Haven Point, #3)Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cole Barrett is a single father with a sordid past. His ex-wife has recently passed away leaving him to suddenly be a full time father while he’s also struggling to get his life on track and his ranch turned into a successful business. When his very pregnant with twins sister who has been visiting takes a tumble he rushes her to the ER where they meet the young doctor Devin Shaw.

Devin knew Trisha when they were growing up and considers her a friend so when she hears of her brother Cole’s struggles and knows Trisha will be on bed rest she decides to pitch in and do something for the struggling little family. Devin puts out a call to the helping hands group of Haven Point and soon has a bunch of meals to deliver to the Barrett’s but when going out she can’t help but volunteer to spend more time with the two grieving children and soon finds herself falling in love with them and their father.

I’ve really enjoyed all of the Haven Point books that I’ve read so far but this one just not quite as much as the first two in the series. I think for me, while I enjoyed Devin’s character immensely and her helping others spirit, I just found myself struggling to connect to Cole for most of the story. He seemed so distant to me which is what his character is meant to be but it’s hard to really root for him when I don’t feel much of his personality stood out either. Also, Devin admits that she wants to fix everyone in the book. While this makes her a lovely soul who enjoys helping others it also makes me question the idea of a relationship starting off on her wanting to “fix” Cole and his problems.

Still overall a lovely book set in Haven Point, a small community where everyone cares about each other and what seems would be a beautiful place to live. It’s very hard not to enjoy the overall atmosphere and warmth in this series. This one takes place right before Christmas so you get to enjoy reading all of the holiday warmth and activities associated with the season in this lovely town.

Redemption Bay (Haven Point, #2) by RaeAnne Thayne

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Redemption Bay (Haven Point, #2)Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McKenzie Shaw loves Haven Point, the small town she grew up in and is currently the acting mayor. When Ben Kilpatrick returns to Haven Point he doesn’t get a very warm welcome from McKenzie, he had left the town and not looked backed several years before and hadn’t taken care of all the properties and boat manufacturing company he’d inherited which eventually he shut down causing a loss of jobs and other businesses in the community.

Ben however has returned to Haven Point to scout out the town to see if it would be good for a new facility for his current tech firm. McKenzie vows to show him just how wonderful a place Haven Point is and prove to him the town and residents deserve the opportunity.

Another great read from RaeAnne Thayne filled with all the beautiful, heartwarming aspects of living in a small community where neighbors help each other. Filled full of community events and great characters it’s hard to go wrong with one of these lovely novels.

Ben and McKenzie were both likable characters although I did at one point think McKenzie seemed a bit immature overreacting to something so couldn’t give this a full five stars. Otherwise they both showed their emotional sides and each had their own strength that I admired.

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads, receiving a free copy in no way reflects upon my review and all thoughts are my own.

Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

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Passenger (Passenger, #1)Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Etta Spencer has trained her whole life to play the violin but when she gets her big opportunity to perform things do not turn out as planned. When beginning to play Etta hears what she thinks is feedback but no one else seems to notice it until another young girl, Sophia, says she hears it too. Sophia whisks Etta off to investigate but the next thing Etta knows she awakens aboard a ship in the year 1776.

Nicholas Carter is the captain of the ship and has been hired to bring Etta and Sophia back to the Ironwoods. Nicholas soon finds out that Etta is not there by choice and he vows then and there to make sure nothing bad happens to her. The two soon find themselves paired up and being sent on a dangerous journey together.

Being one of the most talked about books I’ve seen lately I was almost a bit hesitant to read and review this one as a part of me was worried I’d end up hating it due to too much hype. After finishing though I am completely hooked and can’t wait until the next book comes out next year.

The reason this didn’t get a five star rating from me though is I felt it got off to a slow and somewhat confusing start. It takes a while for the story to really start explaining itself and bringing a reader in with the action and adventure. I would warn anyone to really give it a chance and not give up reading too early on. Early on it can be a bit confusing as to what is going on but once everything got explained a bit further in I didn’t have a problem at all piecing together what the beginning meant and where the story was going.

The world building and fleshing out of the characters in here was completely excellent in my opinion. I felt like I knew exactly where and when they were with the bits of history being thrown into the mix it made for an interesting read to me. Etta and Nicholas each fit into their characters quite well from where they were born and raised and it was interesting to have them interact and develop a relationship coming from two very different backgrounds.

Overall, with such an exciting ending I can’t wait for the next in the series and would recommend this to any fan of time travel adventures.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1) by Michelle Madow

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The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1)The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After Nicole Cassidy and her family move from Georgia to Salem she gets quite a shock on her first day of classes in her new school. When handed her schedule Nicole sees she’s been placed in all honors classes and feels it must be some kind of mistake but is told she won’t be able to change until the end of the day. When entering her homeroom for the first time her new teacher suddenly makes the writing on the chalkboard completely change.

Nicole learns that not only is her teacher and new classmates witches but they tell her that she is one herself. When trying to do some of the experiments in class Nicole finds herself a complete natural at magic and begins to learn the origins of her powers come from the ancient Greek Gods.

A great start to what will hopefully turn out to be great series. The tie in with Greek Mythology and the modern day characters being witches was certainly fun to read. There was a lot of action in this first installment to keep the pages turning. And certainly an ending that makes the reader want to know what will happen next.

I would warn readers though to be prepared for the old insta-love and love triangle that are involved in a lot of YA books. Nicole is instantly attracted the hot bad boy in school and he already has a bitchy girlfriend. None of that would bother me except Blake became the “I swear I’m going to break up with her” type which is a huge turn off. Hopefully he’ll redeem himself in the next book.

Overall, good start to what can be a great series, would recommend giving this one a try.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Suddenly Sorceress by Erica Lucke Dean

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Suddenly SorceressSuddenly Sorceress by Erica Lucke Dean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After Ivie McKie has a horrible day out on a farm during a field trip with her kindergarten class she comes home to find herself alone all evening and begins to worry about her fiance Matt. Around midnight Matt returns home only to ask Ivie for her engagement ring back, he is going to marry someone else and gives her the weekend to pack up and move out of his house. Ivie becomes enraged and the next thing she knows there a poof and lying, cheating Matt is now a skunk.

Matt was supposed to be flying out to Vegas to marry his new fiance and when he doesn’t show up she calls the police claiming Ivie must have killed him. Frantic, Ivie has no idea who to trust or what to do. She finds a magician on Craigslist, Jackson Blake that she thinks might be able to help her.

Being someone that never sticks to one specific genre to read I love when an author ventures out and combines different elements to a story to make it something unique. Erica Lucke Dean has done a great job with Suddenly Sorceress making it a great mix of chick lit and paranormal that takes the reader on a fun ride with Ivie and her friends as they go through adventure after adventure trying to figure out how to return Matt back into a human that had me laughing the entire time.

Ivie was a wonderfully likable character that you couldn’t help but root her on as she discovers not only who she really is but her own happiness after living a life of just settling with the jerk of a fiance. Chloe, Ivie’s best friend, is absolutely hysterical and Jackson Blake the steamy sexy magician was very drool and swoon worthy the entire time.

Overall, an outrageous, comical adventure into the paranormal. Definitely would recommend this fun book if you enjoy chick lit and/or paranormal.

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

They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

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They Call Me CrazyThey Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cass Adams has spent her whole life thinking she was destined to be married to Roland and that she was also “crazy”. The local doctor and her husband have both been feeding her a pharmacy worth of different pills until one night she snaps. She has had enough of Roland’s lying, cheating and emotional abuse so she kills him and buries in him the unfinished koi pond near their rundown shack Roland has moved her to away from town. Unfortunately the rain doesn’t cooperate and starts uncovering the body and when Cass tries to move Roland to the river one of the men from town catches her and calls the local police chief. Cass freely admits to killing her husband but did she really??

A bit of a mystery and a lot of comedy involved in this little gem of a book. I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into when I picked it up but thought it sounded interesting enough to give it a try. Actually really glad I did in the end, I found myself laughing on more than one occasion and really wasn’t sure where it was all going to end up.

The story is told from the different perspectives of those involved. Cass, wife and possible murderess of our victim. Clay, Roland’s older brother. Maryanne, former best friend of Cass who is in love with Roland. Babe, Cass’ psychic grandmother, Daze, town local/friend of Clay and Roland, and Benny, local law enforcement.

Of course being a small town all of these characters have grown up together and everyone knows everyone. This story often reminded me of watching one of those daytime talk shows like Jerry Springer etc which is probably why I laughed during a lot of it…perhaps that’s just my own weird sense of humor though. As with most of those talk shows you have the who did what to who and why in the world would anyone be in that type of relationship drama with just about everyone involved.

Overall, a little bit of crazy that was completely entertaining, would definitely recommend checking this one out.

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

High Interest: Book One (The Paragon Series) by Leigh James

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High Interest: Book One (The Paragon Series)High Interest: Book One by Leigh James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lauren Taylor has devoted her life to perfecting her medical technology and running her company, Paragon Laboratories. Just as she finally gets a breakthrough with the technology and thinks it will go to market soon she is approached by two very different CEO’s offering to partner with her company. Gabriel Betts is a sexy, successful CEO who immediately charms Lauren and Clive Warren is a former member of Lauren’s board that will do whatever it takes to weasel in on Lauren’s development.

A bit of romance along with corporate espionage made this a great start to what could be a very interesting series. Lauren having dedicated her life to her work is a fierce business woman but very timid around the opposite sex and just discovering life outside of work. Gabe was a sexy billionaire that most woman would be thrilled to have wanting to impress and protect them. Toss in Clive, a rival competitor who doesn’t take no for an answer and you have a series that shows some great promise.

Overall, cliffhanger warning on this little novella as it’s only the beginning to a series but enjoyed reading it so far and would definitely continue.

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

The Scottie Barked At Midnight by Kaitlyn Dunnett

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The Scottie Barked At MidnightThe Scottie Barked At Midnight by Kaitlyn Dunnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Liss MacCrimmon is driving home during an ice storm she sees a small dog run out in front of her car causing her to spin out on the icy roads. Liss finds the Scottish terrier limping and immediately takes her to the vet and then searches for an owner.

Liss finds out the dog belongs to Deidre Amendole and is part of an act on a reality television competition known as Deidre and her Dancing Doggies. Unfortunately after returning Dandy to Deidre Liss gets a call from Deidre’s daughter that her mother has passed and since Liss mentioned being a former dancer and the dogs seemed to listen to her, Deidre’s daughter wants Liss to fill in for Deidre in the competition. Liss soon finds that there have been several attempts to sabotage the various acts and Deidre’s death may not have been accidental.

The Scottie Barked At Midnight is the ninth book in the Liss MacCrimmon series but it’s the first of which I have read and seemed to read fine as a standalone novel. A great little cozy mystery with some lovely characters and a couple of too cute canine companions.

Liss seemed like an every day character that just happened to get caught up in an ongoing investigation. She didn’t go out and investigate or act as if she was an amateur detective, she just questions everything and tries to keep herself safe and decide who she can trust while being involved in the show which I enjoyed.

The setting being a live reality television competition adds a pretty crazy group of secondary competitors/suspects. Also, a bit humorous going behind the scenes of this “live” show.

Overall, would definitely recommend if you enjoy a cozy mystery.

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads, receiving a free copy in no way reflects upon my review and all thoughts are my own.

A Promise to Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Second Chance Shifters) by Meredith Clarke

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A Promise to Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Second Chance Shifters)A Promise to Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) by Meredith Clarke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Twila Jacobs’ grandmother passes away it forces Twila to return to the lodge that her grandmother owned, Bear Lake Lodge. Twila had left three years prior after the death of both of her parents due to a bear attack. After the reading of the will Twila finds that she is going to have to stay and run the lodge for a year with her former love, Jasper Blake. The two quickly stumble into some inconsistencies with the books for the lodge.

I have to say I was enjoying the majority of this story until the short story rushed ending happened. I’ll go with a solid three stars for my rating though for this one as the characters were likable, the chemistry between the two nice and steamy and a good overall general idea for an expanded plot besides the relationship.

However, while I liked the general idea for the mystery plot line it really needed a bit more work and focus for my particular taste. A few details seemed to contradict each other and some just seemed kind of silly. Not too bad overall though if not expecting a huge mystery and focus more on the rekindled romance.

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