Monday, May 22, 2017

Title: Root Beer and Roadblocks
Author: Susan M. Braganza
Available: now
Publisher: Prism

Rating:3 stars

Review:  I really liked the idea of this book.  I found myself drawn into their stories and wanted to see what would come next.  However, the dialogue was just off.  Didn't always flow and felt like there were a lot of inconsistencies within the characters, for instance a child that speaks like an adult suddenly didn't know the meaning of 'easy' words at times.  Things happening much faster than would ever be possible in real life.  
It was a good faith based contemporary romance, but I think it could be so much more if a few of the storylines were left out and focused on a few important ones.  
If looking for a sweet romance pick it up. 
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for honest review.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Title: Liar
Author: K. L. Slater
Publisher: Bookouture
Pub date: June 16, 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Single dad Ben is raising his two sons alone, with the help of his parents.  He meets Amber and everyone but his mother, Judi thinks it's a great match. The two women dislike each other immensely and no one can figure out why. Secrets start to emerge and someone is going to get hurt.

Psychological thriller that exceeds expectations.  Your brain doesn't know who to root for, the back and forth kept me in suspense even as the story played out to the bitter end.  While I was able to discern some truth during the story, there was always something small that shook my beliefs and made me question those truths.  Very much a page turner with the POV being between the two women in the story.  Never had a problem figuring out was 'talking'.  Great read and would recommend if you are a fan of mind game books.

Thanks to Netgalley for review copy in exchange for honest review.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Catching the Wind

Title: Catching the Wind
Author: Melanie Dodson
Publisher: Tyndall
Pub date: May 9, 2017

Stars: 4.5
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

What a wonderful historical fiction tale based on the realities of WW2 and those who weren't all that they may seem.  The way the stories were woven together made for an enjoyable read.  Even though the story went back and forth between the past and present, it wasn't hard to keep the stories straight.  The suspense was built up gradually, just enough to keep the pages turning.  This is a great showcase of God's answering or not answering prayers in His timeline.  The research that went into this novel is beyond comprehension, Ms. Dobson proved once again she can deliver a great story with a message!

Thanks to Tyndall and Netgalley for the book in exchange for a honest review.  This is on my to buy list for sure though!

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Christmas Singing

Title: The Christmas Singing
Author:  Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
Available:  now
Received:  Blogging for Books
Pages:  210
Genre:  Christmas Romantic Fiction

After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s hopes?
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve.

Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

Spend Christmas with the Amish in this story of love, romance, heartache, and restoration.

Experience the holidays with the Plain folk and discover the power of second chances in this touching story from the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Bridge of Peace.

Gideon Beiler has loved Mattie Eash since they were children. But when faced with unexpected circumstances, he makes up an excuse to end their engagement. He doesn’t want to lie to her, but he believes that telling Mattie the truth will be more hurtful.  

Brokenhearted, Mattie moves from Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania to Ohio, where she pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator. She finds a new beau—a man offering the secure relationship Gideon has denied her.  

When Mattie is forced to return to Apple Ridge, she and Gideon must confront the suffering created by his dishonesty – and address the powerful emotions that continue to bind the two childhood friends.

My Take:
It's always a wonder that someone can pack so much information with such few words.  And yet Ms. Woodsmall does it in this book.  She has made us fall in love with each of the characters and find a meaningful story with those few words.
Sometimes lying seems to be the easy way out and as Christians we should know better, but sometimes we just don't listen to God.  It's the same as forgiveness...hard to forgive but being Christlike we should always be willing to do just that and maybe grow in the process.
This short novella was mesmerizing and perfect for the cold snowy days that come with Christmas.  Not only for a great read but to remember why we do celebrate Christmas.  There were many feelings portrayed through the book that if you are looking for a sweet HEA that is funny, sweet, poignant, I urge you to pick up this book.

Thursday, May 1, 2014




Title:  Sins of the Fallen (book 1)
Author:  Karina Espinosa
Available:  today
Genre: YA Fantasy
When seventeen-year-old Maximillion Taylor and his best friend, Jones go to a house party, he doesn't expect to get kidnapped—much less by a succubus—and she's not the only one on the hunt. Thrown into a world of angels and demons, where nothing and no one is what they seem, Max ventures to find his true identity and learn to fight the demons who pursue him. When his origin is revealed, it's a race against the clock for a battle that will determine whether he can protect the ones he loves or succumb to his true nature. Through lies, betrayal, love and pain, Max must prepare to face the demons before it is too late…

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Title:  Greed
Author:  Karina Espinosa
Available: now
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Maximillion can never return to the normal life he once had—not now that he's Wrath—one of the seven Nephilims. After the failed battle with Abbadon and his demons, the death of a loved one, and the betrayal of the person he trusted the most—Max was forced to go into hiding. But not before devising a plan to look for answers: to search for the other Nephilim.
Max and his best friend/guardian angel, Jones are on the run for a month before their first clue leads them to Sin City, Las Vegas to find the Nephilim of Greed, but Nikolai's reluctance to help and fear of an unknown force leaves Max with more questions than answers. 
Will he discover who is hunting the Nephilim? And if he does, can he overcome the forces of evil against them?
Find out in the sequel to Sins of the Fallen, where Karina Espinosa pulls readers back to the saga unfolding in the world of angels and demons—a world where everything falls part.

About the Author:  Karina Espinosa

Born in New York City, my family picked up and moved to South Florida when I was twelve. After high school I spent the next few years traveling and experiencing what life had to offer me. At twenty four years old, I'm back in South Florida in my third year of University-majoring in Communication studies. When not in the writing cave, I usually have my nose in a book or on Netflix, cut off from the world with a huge bowl of ice cream.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Title: At the End of the Line
21901525Author: Abby Vandiver, Kathryn Dionne

Publisher:  Media Web
Available: now
Pages:  274
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Received:  From Author for Review

A wrong number, and a cry of desperation at the end of the line, sparks a long distance friendship between two women who’ve never met. Through fourteen years of trouble and heartache of a stagnant domestic life, the struggle for civil rights, and the stigma of interracial relationships, a bond forms between the two that changes both of their lives forever.

It’s 1958, a time when women and Negroes are deemed second-class and are being second-guessed, from there arises a perfect storm for change and the perfect time for an unlikely friendship.

Beatrice “Beanie” Peterson, forced to marry at fifteen and live with two sister wives, six children, and an abusive husband twenty years her senior, is looking for a way out.

Adeline “Liddie” Garrison, friend of Jack Kennedy, wife of a prominent Boston business man, and resident of Beacon Hill has already found her way in.

My Take:
Speechless, this book left me without words.  There are so many things that are good with the book, I'll start with the bad.  Wait, I can't.  There is no bad.  Except for the realism in some of the scenes that made me want to scream and say there was no way this could have happened.  The sad truth is that everything in this book has happened, at least the historical aspects.  The religious persecution, which unfortunately still happens today, the racism, that still happens today, the inequality, I could go on. 
I couldn't put this book down.  As bad as it got and as bad as I wanted it to stop, I had to read. I needed to know that there was something good out of this.  I loved all the realism in the book, there is so much that happened in those years, that the newer generations don't really know about and this book helps show that from a personal aspect.  The research that had to go into this shows in the writing.  I loved how an unlikely friendship forms when we least expect it and to never take things for granted.  There were so many mysteries and lies woven along the way, I couldn't begin to imagine how everything could be tidied up by the end of the book, I really hope we learn more about what happens to these characters, but if not, I was still left satisfied if not a bit amazed. 
I highly recommend this book if you like realism in your books and history.  There are some dark parts, but this is historically accurate and unfortunately that was the way things were. 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014


 Title:  Snowed Under
Author:  Jen Greyson
Available:  now
Publisher: Alexander Cole Publishing Group
Pages: 172
Genre:  Steamy Contemporary NA Romance
About the Book:
SNOWED UNDER is a novella and the content may not be suitable for all audiences (The sex is super steamy :)

Hippie + Logger = Enough heat to melt the fiercest Alaskan snow storm.

Cassidy has life all figured out. She’s one semester away from finishing her degree and then she’s off to save Mother Earth. But first, she has to stop the planet-murdering Whetman Logging.

Teague Whetman brought MIT home to the family logging business in Alaska. They’re high-tech artesian. But even his advanced technology can’t handle Cassidy’s handcuffs when she chains herself to the main saw.

When a late-Spring storm hammers the little town of Bear Ridge with eighty inches of snow, Teague and Cassidy must put aside their animosity to battle a power outage, crazed wildlife, and their own attraction.

My Take:
I'm actually surprised the snow didn't melt as soon as it hit the logging company in Alaska, this book was that hot!  It's a quick read that kept me page bound for a couple hours.  There were times I wanted to yell at the two of them for some of the stupid predicaments they got themselves into, but it worked for this book.  I loved the idea of sharing and growing instead of being so set in ways that nothing could penetrate. I do hope we can learn more of Teague's past, it is touched on but questions were left unanswered, but because this is going to be a series, maybe we will hear more.  I know Cassidy's story is being told in the next book that is coming out...can't wait for that!   Snowed Under is a  little gem of a book that will leave you hotter than a cat on a tin roof.  If you are into steamy relationships pick this one up!