Athena Anthes

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  • He Followed Me Home on May 30, 2014

    Whenever I'm reviewing something of Nicole Sturgill, just know I've first read it on Wattpad. Nicole has come a long way since the first stories she posted there, still one thing remains the same, she writes very fluently and that drags me in. Seriously you start reading this and before you know it two hours or more have past, without you realizing it. He Followed Me Home is a fine book with an original concept. Wyatt is a hundred-something-year-old ghost. He died during the Civil War and is still there where he died. Being invisible, never being able to talk to someone, to touch someone, it gets kind of lonely. Meeting Francine is the last thing he expected. She can see and hear him. His first human contact since he died. Wanting to keep that connection, he decides to follow her home. Francine has always been in touch with the occult. Normally though that doesn't mean talking and actually seeing ghosts. When Wyatt follows her home, she's not happy about it. Slowly they get to know each other better and honestly he's everything a girl could wish for, except he's dead. Just one tiny obstacle to overcome. Since there seems to be some connection between Wyatt and Francine, they decide to explore things further. Things become even weirder and paranormal factor grows. Even if she could be with a ghost, that is not the life you want or at least that is not what Wyatt wants for her. I really liked the general concept and plot, very fun. Though a couple of times things do get a bit too much, with too much twists that just drags the story a bit. Wyatt is a great character. With him being from the 1800's, makes him totally different from men nowadays. He's very polite, protective, loyal, says what's on his mind. It's a pleasure to read about him. Francine was an okay character to me. In the beginning there is this whole deal with a boyfriend I don't understand. She seems so strong and independent, then this guy turns her into someone she's absolutely not. Other than that there is not much to say about her, though she does have a pretty cool job. Read this book if you're looking for a light, fun paranormal story. *I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
  • The McEllis Boys on July 09, 2014

    This is definitely one of Nicole Sturgill's more fun books. We actually get four stories in one about all the McEllis brothers. The whole setup is a bit silly, just don't think too hard about it and enjoy the ride. Even though Cav, Jamison, Ian and Andrew are brothers, they each have very distinctive personalities, so it's easy to keep them apart. It has been years since these men have been in the same room. The fact that Jamison is an U.S. Marshall and Ian an outlaw, may clue you in how well these family dynamics are. Though it was interesting to see how these four guys are now forced together and have to live together again. There is certainly a strain on the relationships. So on the one hand we have these four brothers slowly resolving their issues. Then there are also the individual issues and that is why they are sent to the future. They are placed their within Nicole's house for a reason and as long as they don't resolve their problems, they are not going back. Now cowboys from the 1800's weren't big on talking and dealing with emotions, so it's not easy at all for them. A little clue, it involves women and opening up. No easy feat for these tough cowboys. We get to know each guy and girl in this book pretty well. They all have a very clear storyline towards their possible happy ending. It does get a bit cheesy and predictable at times, but the characters were so likeable I didn't mind. Because we have four stories, the book is a bit long, but it's written very fluently so it didn't feel that lengthy. There was a lot of humor in the story, which I liked, though no laughing out loud funny. For me there were certain chapters that could have been scrapped, because they didn't directly involved the brothers and felt unnecessary to me. Overall a great book and if you would like to know what is to have your own real cowboy, then this is the book for you. *I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*