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Book Review: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee by Leslie North – A Contemporary Romance Novel

Book Review: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee by Leslie North – A Contemporary Romance Novel

Book Details: Book Title: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee Author: Leslie North Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Publication Date: Sept. 24th, 2018 Warning: This is not a clean novel, but it is not erotica either   Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!   Why […]

Book Review: Building Celebration House by Annette Drake – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Review: Building Celebration House by Annette Drake – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Details Title: Building Celebration House Author: Annette Drake Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: March 1st, 2017 Publisher: Baskethound Books My Thoughts I love anything paranormal, which is why I picked up this Building Celebration House,  after reading the blurb, even though I never thought […]

Book Review: Dark Prayer by Natasha Mostert – An Action-Packed Mystery With Intriguing Characters

Book Review: Dark Prayer by Natasha Mostert – An Action-Packed Mystery With Intriguing Characters

Book Title: Dark Prayer

Author: Natasha Mostert

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Portable Magic, LTD

Publication Date: July 17, 2017

My Thoughts:

For thrillers and books in the suspense category, I personally prefer books that get down to the action straight from the beginning. Sadly, Dark Prayer took a little time to warm up to that point. In my opinion, the Author decided to take a long time to develop the characters and their background story with much details – which in itself is fine, but it is what essentially led to the slower beginning, and can be a turn off for some readers.

I did find that it was worth the wait at the end though – the rocky start was forgotten, once the real action began, and from that point forward, I did not want to put Dark Prayer down.

Despite the fact that the Author created the main character in a thankfully not often occurring fugue state, the story seemed believable and mesmerizing. It is easy to root for Eloise Blake (the female lead of this story) because she is a likable character caught in an impossible to escape the situation.

Even considering the bumpy start, I found Dark Prayer a worthy and enjoyable read.

My Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong.

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Book Review: A Treacherous Trader by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs

Book Review: A Treacherous Trader by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs

Title: A Treacherous Trader Authors: Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing Release Date: January 26th, 2015 Genre: Romance, Mystery Rating: 2/5 Stars My Thoughts: A Treacherous Trader has a promising premise, which is what had drawn me to the book in […]

Book Review: Arm Candy by Patricia Ryan – A Contemporary Romance with a Memorable Cast

Book Review: Arm Candy by Patricia Ryan – A Contemporary Romance with a Memorable Cast

Book Details: Title: Arm Candy Author: Patricia Ryan Publisher: Hakely Books Publication Date: August 10th, 2016 Genre: Romance         My thoughts: I am going to begin with what I did not like about Arm Candy. I did not like that the main […]

Book Review: Thorn by Leslie North – Thorn Tattoo Studio Book 2 – A Hot Contemporary Romance

Book Review: Thorn by Leslie North – Thorn Tattoo Studio Book 2 – A Hot Contemporary Romance

Book Details:

 

Title: Thorn
Author: Leslie North
Series: Thorn Tattoo Studio – Book 2
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date: August 10th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Note: I received this book for free in return for an honest review

 

My Thoughts:

 

As a big Leslie North fan, I was obviously excited to read another book by one of my favorite Authors, so I dove right in. What was fun to discover was that Thorn is set in Las Vegas, which is where I currently live and set in the Tattoo scene. While I don’t have any tattoos ( I guess I am too much of a chicken to go through with it), I do enjoy the artistry that shines through, if they are done right. So, I was already interested from the start.

 

Melanie and Luciano already had a pretty cool chemistry going between them already, as a part of their backstory. This is not a novel where the main characters have to discover each other, but rather one that is already based on a relationship that was well established – even if it is a professional one. Yet, I could understand why they had not turned this relationship into a romantic partnership at an earlier point in time, so Leslie did a fine job in creating a believable backstory for both of them.

 

Again, in usual Leslie North fashion, Thorn is a part of a trilogy, the 2nd installment of the Thorn Tattoo Shop series, but unlike in some of her other books, the other brothers do not make much of any appearance in this installment of the series. With the exception of the location and a few mentionings of their own relationships, this book is a complete stand-alone novel, which I appreciated, because I have not read the previous book in the series.


The only thing, I did not like about the book is that the ending (the getting back together part at the end of the novel), felt rushed. She took him back a little bit too fast for my taste, without putting up too much of a fight, but, of course, not every female main character is going to act the same. Yes, Leslie North’s romance novels follow much of the same formula, but do vary a lot in backgrounds of characters, settings, and conflicts, which keeps it fresh, so I truly can not expect every one of the women in her books to react as fierce as some of them do, even though I prefer it that way.

 

At the end, I truly enjoyed Thorn and will dive into the rest of the series, as soon as possible.

 

Rating:

 

4 out of 5 Stars

 

Book Summary

 

Luciano DeRose is looking to get the hell out of town. He’s been absent from his position of Head Artist at Thorn Tattoo since the day he watched his future go up in flames. However, the bonds of family are strong and he’s dragged back into town as a favor to his younger brother. But Luciano isn’t staying for long and certainly not for the anniversary of the day his life went to hell.

Melanie Noel has spent most of her adult life fixing Luciano’s. She’s his virtual assistant, organizational guru, and problem-solver extraordinaire. However, this ex-hippie chick wants her boss, and secret crush, to see that he can finally move on. Melanie thinks that this anniversary is the perfect time for Luciano to face his grief, let go and finally be free to see what’s been waiting for him all along.

When Luciano decides to do everything in his power to leave, Melanie sees that she needs more than logic to make him stay. Risking her heart to save the man she’s loved from afar, Melanie gives into her desire for Luciano—sparked by a world-rocking kiss. The heat between them has the power to heal all wounds or it may set both their lives up in flames.

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A Stardance Summer by Emily March – Book Review

 

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Book Review: Zachary – New Orleans Magic Book 3 by Patricia Rosemoor – A Paranormal Romance

Book Review: Zachary – New Orleans Magic Book 3 by Patricia Rosemoor – A Paranormal Romance

Book Details Title: Zachary – New Orleans Magic Book Three Author: Patricia Rosemoor Publisher: Pronoun Publication Date: June 1st, 2017 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Suspense Source: I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review My thoughts: I […]

Book Review: Moonlight (Moon Series Book One) by Lisa Kessler

Book Review: Moonlight (Moon Series Book One) by Lisa Kessler

Book Details: Title: Moonlight Author: Lisa Kessler Publisher:  Macmillian Publication Date: July 15, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Romance My thoughts: This is another book that makes me throw away some of the preconceived notions I have about what I like in books, and what I don’t […]

Book Review: A Stardance Summer by Emily March – An Eternity Springs Romance Novel With Lots Of Heart

Book Review: A Stardance Summer by Emily March – An Eternity Springs Romance Novel With Lots Of Heart

book review, romance, fiction, Emily MarchBook Detail:

Title: A Stardance Summer

Author: Emily March

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Publishing Date: June 27th, 2017

Genre: Romance

I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review

My Review:

Whenever I want to read something heartwarming, and genuinely romantic, I grab one of Emily March’s books set in Eternity Springs. Which is the reason why I was so delighted to receive an ARC copy of her newest installment of the series called A Stardance Summer

Set in the wonderful town, I would love to call home – Eternity Springs –  this novel has exactly everything I have come accustomed to being one the high-quality romance novels by Emily March.

Brick and Lilianna, the two main characters of this book are destined for each other, but neither of them seems to think so. Not that there is no attraction, no, the chemistry between them is deep from the beginning of the story, and in a way started before this novel starts, yet both are affected by their circumstances.

In A Stardance Summer, they come together at a natural pace – like many of Mrs. March’s novels, this one lives within a larger timeframe than a lot of contemporary novels, which allows the chemistry and relationship to build in a more realistic fashion. There is no jumping into the bed on the first or even second time the main characters spent some time together, which is refreshing. Instead, the Author takes her time to build up to the inevitable connection, both emotionally (first), then physically (second).

Speaking of the physical, books in this series, including this one are not graphic when it comes to sex scenes. While this novel is not tame, or clean, it skips the unnecessary extreme details that make some romance novels feel more like they would fit into the erotica genre (or as some might call it “Mommy-Porn”). While I don’t think there is something wrong with a more detailed description, I find it always refreshing to read a novel that can convey the attraction between the main characters without explaining every detail of each and every “encounter”, that occurs.

For those readers who are new to Eternity Spring series, I need to point out that the cast is rather large. There are many well-developed side characters, some of them more in the spotlight than others, but as many of them are not only neighbors but often related, I am often happily wondering how the Author can keep track of all of their details and relationships. Yet, reading this book was like visiting old friends.

It is a stand-alone novel, with an HEA, so there is no true need to read any of the other novels in the series beforehand. But, once you get started reading one, you will – most likely – be hooked, like I was, and want to read all of them – maybe even more than just once.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon right now! 

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

Sometimes the end of one road
Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he’s in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend’s kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.
. . .is the start of another

Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she’s put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

 

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Book Review: Luke by Emily March – A Suspenseful Romance Novel

Book Review: Luke by Emily March – A Suspenseful Romance Novel

Book Details: Title: Luke Author: Emily March Publisher: Publication Date: Genre: Romance My review I picked up this book because I am a fan of Emily March’s Eternity Spring Series, which is, in my opinion, one of the best romance novel series out there. So […]