Tag Archives: Romance

I’m all in with Rebecca Zanetti

11 Jul

Rebecca Zanetti is turning into my favorite “go-to” author. I want to read anything and everything she writes because I know I’ll get rich, fully fleshed out (yes, kind of a pun) characters, great world-building and nicely plotted action. Sure, the hot sex and demon/vampire/witches/werebears are nice elements but what really counts is that Rebecca can write.

So every chance I get, every Wicked Kiss or Wicked Bite or more, I’m in. You will be too.

This is an honest review provided in exchange for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the two books mentioned above. Go get ’em.

 

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Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

5 Feb

This non-fiction book by Glenn Dixon reads like a novel – a smooth and engaging story about how a high school teacher travels to Verona to volunteer for a group that answers letters sent to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Just as the love-lorn are seeking advice from Juliet, Dixon is seeking insight into a failed relationship.

Dixon adeptly cuts back & forth between his time in Verona and scenes from his classroom, where high school students are grappling with the play Romeo & Juliet.

Never straying too deeply into conflict or emotion, this charming but light book could easily be a Hallmark Valentine’s Day movie.

I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair & honest review.

Cardwell’s Christmas Crime Scene

5 Feb

Apparently, there’s a whole bunch of books by B.J. Daniels that take place at Cardwell’s – this was my first and I’d be happy to go back! If you are a regular reader of the series, then jump on in to this latest installment. The characters are warm and the action is nicely plotted, with suspense scaled just right for a cozy read with a glass of wine.

I received a free Advance Readers Copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I Found You

7 Jan

I found “I Found You” to be a charming and real love story wrapped in a mystery. The mystery unfolds in the present and in the past, and comes together in a compelling and moving ending. Lisa Jewell manages a tone that is both warm and chilling, and delivers on a page-turner.

I loved the single mom character and her messy life, and felt the “realness” of all of the characters.

Fun, gripping and ultimately a moving read. Get it, stay up late…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

7 Jan

Very much in the style of Bridget Jones (which grated on me a bit) in which our plump, self-denigrating heroine decides to live out the bucket list of the cad who dumped her, in hopes that it will make her attractive to him again. No surprises in this story – the expected good guy she meets along the way does, in fact, fall in love with her, she challenges herself, and she learns along the way…

That being said, the story was enjoyable, perfect for a mindless escape, perhaps while eating Pringles and imbibing…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Swedish Corporate Scheming Makes a Great Read

6 Aug

“All In” by Simona Ahrnstedt does a neat job of combining corporate financial intrigue with romance in a lighter take on Scandinavian scheming than Steig Larsson’s dark Millennium trilogy. This is a fun, fast-paced read with nicely defined characters, dysfunctional families and a realistic and compelling romance. A great airplane read!!

 

16 Jul

Lady of the Highway is the third book in The Highway Trilogy Series, starting with Shadow on the Highway and Spirit of the Highway, and is based on the real life story of Lady Katherine Fanshawe (Ferrers) who was known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. Deborah Swift writes historical fiction set in less-well known time periods, and populates her stories with convincing characters, whether they are the main players, or the bit parts. Always enjoyable to read.