5-stars for Wolf Eye Sly by Terri Lyndie
A Lighthearted, Feel-Good Read, June 20, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a lighthearted jaunt through the developing relationship of a made-for-each-other couple. There is nothing quite as sweet as a love that is meant to be. There is just one problem; these two lovers are surrounded by just about the craziest small-town inhabitants that one could imagine. The antics that ensue are hilarious–attack bats, an impromptu wedding, a politician who aspires to impersonate Johnny Cash–need I say more?
This one will have you laughing, and hoping, and cheering right up to the end. I also think the author does a great job of revealing enough plot details to satisfy the reader while still maintaining a few mysteries to be revealed later in the series. She even gives us a little jewel of a preview of the kind of side-splitting scenes we can expect from the next book. I can’t wait to read more.
5-stars for Fifteen Weekends by Christy Pastore
I’m Hooked!, August 16, 2014
You know how much fun it is to get lost in the interwoven lives of the great ensemble cast of your favorite television show? Well, reading Fifteen Weekends is just like that. Excited anticipation that builds for next week’s show is what I felt at the end of each chapter.
The book follows the love interests and life connections of three twenty-somethings named Ashleigh, Emily, and Amanda. With each chapter, the focus shifts among them. Pastore skillfully weaves an intricate web of carefully timed plot revelations and character details. It’s one of those books that you will want to go back and read again just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
I have to say, I’m hooked! I want to know what happens next for these three ladies. (Not to mention the hot guy who shows back up at the end. Hmmm…intriguing!)
5-stars for Perfectly Imperfect by Fabiola Francisco
Interesting and Unique, July 24, 2014
This is an interesting book with unique pacing. Unlike some romance novels with only one pivotal moment, this one has several. In the epilogue, Grayson, the story’s hero, says, “The last year has been a hectic ride. Crazy ups and downs like a rollercoaster.” How right he was. This book takes the reader through quite the emotional journey.
Mia, the book’s heroine, is dealing with some serious hang-ups and issues with her past. She is damaged. There’s no doubt about that, and occasionally, I wanted to smack her for making terrible decisions (especially at those pivotal moments). But her imperfection makes her human and lends credibility to the story. Luckily, Mia has one smoking hot hero to help her deal with her issues. Grayson is dreamy and one can’t help but fall in love with him. He has some demons to deal with as well, but he’s loyal when it counts.
If you want a book that breaks from the tradition of sugar-coated fairy tales, this is the one for you. Real people come with baggage, and this author knows that. Her story paints a realistic portrait of two imperfect people working through their issues to find a perfect love.
5-stars for Electrified by Rachel Blaufeld
Perfect Blend of Sweet and Sexy, June 22, 2014
This book is a surprisingly tender tale about two lovers from rough-and-tumble lives. With alternating focus, the narrator reveals the innermost thoughts of Sienna, an exotic dancer in Vegas and Carson, an ex FBI agent turned private investigator. The author does something unique with that third-person narration by slipping in occasional first-person thoughts of her characters. It’s an interesting effect which lends to a slow, sweet build in plot.
Sienna is a sweetheart. She is literally the stripper with a heart of gold personified, but more than that, she is a woman hiding from an abusive past. One can’t help but love her. And Carson… I want him for Christmas. He is one capable and good-looking man who knows how to take care of his woman—in more ways than one.
This book is a nice blend of sweet and sexy. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read. I will certainly be reading more from Rachel Blaufeld.
5-stars for The Girl on the Half Shell by Susan Ward
Emotionally charged, lyrical, beautiful!, June 18, 2014
God, I loved this book. This is not a typical romance, not by a long shot. I was drawn in right from the beginning by the poetic language. This author can turn a phrase. But, more than beautiful phrasing, her characters won my heart.
Upon first glance, Crissie Parker lives in a Gatsbyesque-rich-and-famous-behaving-badly world. She and her friend seem to be spoiled brats. However, succinctly timed revelations take the reader deeper into her psyche and that of Alan Manzone, the hot and troubled rock star that she loves. The result is gut-wrenching and emotionally charged reading. I occasionally had to break for 10 or 15 just to process and remember to breathe.
This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. It’s less of reading a book and more of an emotional journey. There is something very beautiful in its raw and dark complexity. I will absolutely read more from Susan Ward.
This is the second installment of my ongoing self-interview. The questions I’m answering today are: Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
That’s tough because it’s so hard to narrow it down. Over the years, there have been so many great authors who inspired me. I know this is going to sound cliché, but I love Shakespeare—his wit, his base sense of humor, his understanding of the common human experience. And jeez, anyone who can steel that many plots and end up more famous than the poor souls who got jacked is pretty damn smooth. I love Steinbeck. I love Cormac McCarthy (The Road is pure genius). I love Flannery O’Conner and Stephen King. Right about now, you are probably wondering why I write romance novels. I’m getting there; just hold your horses … I write romance because I love the way romance novels make me feel, and I believe romance authors are sorely underrated. Look at the body of work produced by romance novelists. They are one of the most prolific bunches on the planet. There are so many greats. I’ll just stick to a few of my recent favorites. I love Emma Chase’s Tangled Series. I love Alice Clayton (Wallbanger has one of the funniest sex moments I think I’ve ever read). I love and admire R. L. Mathewson for creating the sexy Bradford boys in her own way. And, oh God, Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec—you just have to read it. The list could go on and on, so there is just one more I’d like to mention. Darynda Jones has ruined my life with her Charley Davidson series. I blame her if my second book is delayed because I just had to read all of the first five books, again, right before Sixth Grave on the Edge came out. I’m not a typical fan-girl. I don’t get hooked, usually. But I’m so in love with Reyes Farrow that I might even leave my own character for him. Obviously, with a list like this, I love humor. In my own writing, I try to balance my love of humor, drama, and witty language. Hopefully that’s how it comes across.