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Smashwords book reviews by ELSA CARRION

  • Cape Ingénue on April 11, 2012

    Too think that the author put this together in a month has me amazed at his creativity! Thank you E. Bard for the opportunity you gave me in reading your story. I really enjoyed it and I was immediately swept up in this wonderful tale. I will be looking forward for more novels from E. Bard. I fell for bad boy Colt, and liked Sandrin immediately, good job on both characters. I really don’t tinker in crime/mystery novels but this story made me look at this genre again. I only wish that more info on some of the event that occurred in the story were diverged at the end a sort of enlightenment to Kevin situation and the crazy uncles as well as the contents of the box.
  • Angel Evolution on April 27, 2012

    First I would like to say thanks to David for offering to let the group review and providing the book to me as well. On with the review.....I gave the book 5 starts. Loved the story; in case the five starts didn't say enough. The story although not original...demons vs. angels....there was a crazy nice twist to it, were the good guys are not what, or who, one would expect. I'm a sucker for an angel stories but even a bigger sucker for a nice girl finding her true love! The story had be cheering, sighing, feeling sad and happy….this story had me feeling all sorts of emotions!I will definitely be reading his other books in the series as well as other books he has or will have out in the future. Did I mention that I LOVED IT!! I loved, loved, loved it and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
  • The Curse Girl on May 01, 2012

    I love the story of Beauty and the Beast and better with a different twist. I really enjoyed this version of the Beauty and the Beast story. Although a little too short for my taste but it was very interesting on how a story can be tweaked to create another wonderful story that I will not soon forget. Will is a jerk; Liam is a better person even though he is not your typical male. Rose is a sweetheart and all the other characters bring back the feeling that one got when we first saw the movie. Thank you Kate Ellison for the opportunity gave me and allowed me to review the book.
  • Pandora's Key on May 07, 2012

    Good story enjoyed the plot. I do like mythology base stories and this one was very good. I will spare you the synopsis because you can always go and read that elsewhere. Onward with the review….so you’re probably thinking why four stars...and here is why....there was too much thinking going on in her own mind which to me was a little annoying. I understand that sometimes the thoughts of the character need to be told...but it just seem too much. Raphe could have been a stronger character I wish she would included him more scenes with him in it instead of almost at the end. Loved the ending did not see that coming. It took me longer to read than I thought I don't know if it was because I kept getting interrupted or there where time where it slowed down a bit or it cold have been that it was like 48 chapters! Darn if it’s to short and darn if its’ to long right oh well still good glad I read it. I just noticed that there will be a second and third book and because it’s mythology I will definitely be reading it. Pandora Key didn’t really have a big cliff hanger so I can’t wait where the story is going to take me next. Maybe a little more romance in the next book; that would really be nice. Thank you Nancy for letting me review your book. I really enjoyed your story.
  • Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel on May 14, 2012

    The story was different but kind reminded me of the movie “The Body Snatchers”, in a way. However I enjoyed it tremendously. Good plot and characters. A little on the sad side but the love Jaxson showed and the patience he had with Reka could not help but like him. The story is left with a small cliff hanger wondering what's going to happen with Reka, Jax or even Griff. I was lost as to the time frame that Reka was with Jaxson, at times it seemed like a few months had passed but other times it felt like years had gone by. It left me wondering but not enough to have prevented me from enjoying the story.
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on June 05, 2012

    The last time I read a book on wolf shifters…it left a really bad taste in my mouth. However I decided to give the subject one more try and I was glad I did. Nineteen year old Sophie is a very responsible young lady until she meets and falls for a human. Then it seems that she can’t get enough of Jamie to the point that she is sneaking out in the middle of the night. Her family forbids the relationship because he is just a human. No human could ever understand her feelings. Daniel comes in to the picture and he is a perfect match for Sophie, according to her family, but she doesn’t fully trust him. The story was very nice and a very good cliff handger, not to bad. I recommend it to those who enjoy older YA and wolf stories. Why do I say older..well even though it is not spelled out at times one could tell what Sophie and Jamie were about to do. I am always glad to see the female in a strong role. The story had several very touching moments especially the one with Jamie and one with her grandfather. I will be looking out for the next book in the series.
  • Water on June 13, 2012

    Water…like the cover…I loved the meaning behind it…although sometimes a little much wasn’t a fan of all the description about the reversal of the situations they were to assist. However, if you like environmental issues and if you are an Eco-fanatic or even a tree hugger then you will definitely like this book. I finally was able to figure out the meaning behind the statement “the rape of mother earth” wow! Katie, Micah, Shawn, Cato & Alex are the main characters. Katie lost her mother when she was small, don’t remember if the story mentioned who raised her, but she grows up and becomes a professional photographer that goes around the world and snaps away for money. She ends up in a compound called Chakra after a skiing accident. The Chakra is run by Cato who is also the Rais, with the help of Micah, Shawn & Alex. Each one has type of special energy/power that is assisted/made stronger by the elements, except for Alex, he is a normal. Katie is what they call a Gaias aka Mother Earth, Micah is her Ardwyad help and control her power, Shawn is a crazy Medwin and well Alex their is their technical adviser. The story is interesting it helps realize that there will definitely be a problem in the future with our natural resources if we do not take matters into our hands. The ideas and problems that are mentioned in the story are well laid out and work well with the plot and story line. There are two situations in the story that I think might be for older teens, but I do love the message behind the story and the issues about our Natural Resources. The ending is a whopping cliff hanger that I will most definitely be looking forward to the continuation.
  • The Heart's Discovery on June 26, 2012

    Wow! Loved It! Very original and down to earth story! Amy McGuire’s YA novel “The Hearts Discovery” Anjaline Charity Rodriguez is from Ecuador. She has good friends that love her and are always together, until her stepfather informs her that they are leaving Ecuador and moving to Hope Valley only god knows where that is. Her world is shattered and she is sure she will be miserable in this new place without her friends. That is until she arrives and her vision lands on Gabriel. While reading the story my emotions were everywhere! It had me laughing out load, sight at the tenderness that Gabriel showed Anjaline. Elijah had me shedding a few tears. I loathed Damian and his tactics, he just could not leave his life behind and I wondered what ever happened to him at the end. Evelyn had me so angry at her but understood her in the end. This story has touched me; it is one of those stories that will stay with me for a very long time. It’s very powerful story about coming of age that I will be giving it to my 17 year old daughter to read. I will always remember the relationship the two main characters shared so young and innocent when it comes to their first love and all their challenges that come with it. . The fist chapter was hard to get threw but hang in there you will not regret it. I can’t really explain what it is, maybe the whole foreign customs that are described but I know and understand that it was necessary so that I as a reader could understand the relationship and love Angle has with her roots. The story is written where both Angel and Gabriel’s point of view, which I always like. Thanks you Amy McGuire for the wonderful story you have presented and thank you for the opportunity you provided by allowing me to read and post a review. I recommend this book to anyone that like to read and will definitely be recommending it to my friends and family. I am looking forward to the second installment and I hope that it has a little bit of the old characters in it.
  • Freewill on Sep. 06, 2012

    Title: Freewill Author: Elyse Draper Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance Ebook: 4377 about 250 pgs Series: First of Three I finished Freewill a few days ago but wanted to read all three before I wrote the review. I love that I didn’t have to hang on a cliff hanger for very long all I had to do was go to the next book. Love that!! The plot was unique and the story was well written, no errors that I can remember of. The story is unlike anything I have read recently and can’t say enough how good it was. It’s very nice to have come across something different and this good. The story is about Ellie and Christopher, both with special abilities but only one of them so far that can go from our world into another world that is parallel to ours. But enough of that the books synopsis explains it better. I liked Charlie but loved Christopher! I believe in sole mates and love at first sight. So I loved her concept about sole mates. And what story would be complete without the evil character and boy did this one have bad/evil characters. James - psychopath, “V”- demented Aztec Priest, Esidor demented Nazi Soul Sucking General, The Symboulio – brainwash organization, The Timoro – revolting repulsive horrid nasty malevolent merciless killers. I think I covered most of the evil ones. A little different and confusing in the beginning but hang in there it all comes together at the end and its well worth it. With plenty of twists and turns I didn’t want to put it down, but sleep won at the end. Fast past story (once you get past 1/3 of the book) that I recommend to any age group. If you like fantasy you will like Freewill.
  • Consequences on Sep. 06, 2012

    Title: Consequences Author: Elyse Draper Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance Ebook: 4387 about 260 pgs Series: Second of Three As soon as I finished Freewill (book one) I started on Consequences. I’d finished a few days ago but decided to finish reading all three before I wrote the reviews. As I said before, in my review for Frewill, I love the fact that I didn’t have to wait for the next book to come out and hanging on to the cliff hanger (which I hate) for very long all I had to do was go to the next book. Loved it!! I still love the plot and its exceptional story line. It’s well written, again no errors that I can remember of. The story continues to surprise me with the uniqueness unlike anything I have read recently (besides the first book of course) and can’t say enough on how good it is. The story is mostly about Ellie with a little Christopher. This second installment is more like a first installment because it goes back and explains, kind of like breaks everything down. It read more like what a book one should have, but still very interesting. This one is a little on the slow side but still a good read.
  • Vindication on Sep. 06, 2012

    Title: Vindication Author: Elyse Draper Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance Ebook: 4149 about 255 pgs Series: Last in series Amazing series! Loved it, Loved it. The story line is exceptionally brilliant and if I could give it 10 starts I would. The uniqueness of the plot but the story overall was awesome. I was sad to see that I had turned the last electronic page. It was finished but I wanted more in fact it there could be more but it ended in a good spot with a very very good ending. Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and “wait…what”’s, a few “no it can’t”’s thrown in for good measure. I also slapped the forehead a couple of times. Loved Lune threw out the series but this one had me chocking with unshed tears. Enchida was introduced in the pervious books in the series but the reader in this last book really got to see what she/he/it was really made of. A few new characters were introduced; the story sailed along pretty fast. What else can I say besides reading is believing and once finished with all three, all will agree it was and is an amazing series. I definitely recommend this to those who love YA Romance Paranormal Dark Fantasy stories.
  • Vindication on Sep. 06, 2012

    Title: Vindication Author: Elyse Draper Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance Ebook: 4149 about 255 pgs Series: Last in series Amazing series! Loved it, Loved it. The story line is exceptionally brilliant and if I could give it 10 starts I would. The uniqueness of the plot but the story overall was awesome. I was sad to see that I had turned the last electronic page. It was finished but I wanted more in fact it there could be more but it ended in a good spot with a very very good ending. Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and “wait…what”’s, a few “no it can’t”’s thrown in for good measure. I also slapped the forehead a couple of times. Loved Lune threw out the series but this one had me chocking with unshed tears. Enchida was introduced in the pervious books in the series but the reader in this last book really got to see what she/he/it was really made of. A few new characters were introduced; the story sailed along pretty fast. What else can I say besides reading is believing and once finished with all three, all will agree it was and is an amazing series. I definitely recommend this to those who love YA Romance Paranormal Dark Fantasy stories.
  • Embrace - Kane Wolves, #2 on Sep. 19, 2012

    Title: Embrace (Kane Wolves #2) Author: Annalise Grey Genre: YA (mature), Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy Format: EBook Length: 402 The story continues right were it left off in Howl. Sophie continues to be Alpha of two packs but has a lot to learn. When she discovers the truth and what her grandfather was hiding. You are going to say “Shut the Front Door”! With the new discoveries she can be Alpha for her entire race but with it comes sacrifices and what else will she gain with this new discovery. I loved the first novel and I loved the ending of Embrace. I will definitely be reading the conclusion of the series as soon as it comes out. It was paced right and finished reading it in about 8 hours. There was always something happening in the story and never seemed dull, the story had a good pace. In Embrace I found Sophie’s annoying at times. I saw her as a tease, hot one minute cold the next, she had Daniel wrapped around her finger and eating out of her hands or should I say paws. However, once she discovered what she wanted she became less annoying. I don’t see her as being a very strong person, not Alpha material anyway. I think Tristan got cheated on that part. Don’t get me wrong I love when novels have strong females in lead roles, but Sophie is just not one of them. Jamie was my favorite character in Howl and Daniel was well let just say not a favorite of mine. However I have changed my mind, I still love Jamie’s character but he wasn’t a major character in this novel, Daniel was a major character and he’s now my favorite in this series. I love the way he is witty, honesty, loyal, brave, strong and very tender. I was very surprised by his character and loved the way it turned out. He has completely done a 360. Embrace had a section that might be for Older Young Adult, but I found it was not too bad. There are also sections that are very descriptive especially when they go hunting, which I didn’t really enjoy reading and could have been left out in my opinion. I mean I didn’t read the book to see how they kill their pray, how it looks after they kill and how it taste. I can’t get over the fact that when the shift to wolves is planned; they undress themselves right in front of each other, so I question myself what happened when they don’t plan the shift and their clothing get shredded? Are they without clothing until they find some or until they return home? It just didn’t sit well with me when it did happen, but I guess it’s better than the alternative, I understand where the author was going with this, she wanted too keep it grounded as much as she could, instead of having the clothing disappear and reappear on their bodies, it makes sense. I just had difficulty with the taking off and putting on (the clothing).
  • Siren Song on Oct. 26, 2012

    Simply a hot, sexy, excellent read!! Title: Siren Song Author: AC Warneke Format: 288 ebook pgs Genre: Urban Science Fiction Fantasy Romance Cover: Nice Cover Duncan is a wolf, Lexi is the siren and this is the first book I’ve read that included these two creatures. I can’t remember ever reading about a siren, especially one that is not tied to water and I’m usually not into wolves stories. I’m glad I gave this one a try. The story was a nice brake from the world saving heroines novels that I’m usually reading. This was simply a hot, sexy, excellent read. I loved the way Lexi was confidant and loved the way she displayed it through her dress style. She was sweet and nice and possessed the power some females have that attracted the males; she is a siren after all. Lexi only has two friends…. two male sexy friends that are also her roommates. They help her out of her shy shell in the beginning when she was a bit of a loner. The story had me smiling and fanning myself through out the story. Lexi was a very good instigator I felt sorry for Duncan, he has so many blue Pelotas (balls). She knew what she wanted and poor Duncan didn’t have a chance. So many hot scenes in different locations (yes locations) that I lost count. They were hot unable to control their actions and then they remembered the rules (dam those rules). It’s can’t be easy to keep your hands off when your boss is so darn HOT! Sirens Song is a stand alone book for mature audience at least older young adult.
  • Immortal Prophecy on Nov. 08, 2012

    Title: Immortal Prophecy Author: Samantha Adams Format: ebook about 458 pgs Genre: YA Fantasy Cover: Loved it Main Characters: Alessandra DeCosta & James Calisle Immortal Prophecy by Samantha Adams is the first in the series. Alessandra and James are the main characters. The story uses Alessandra’s’ POV in most of the story however it sometimes changes to others, but it is very clear who’s POV it is. The story is fast paced that includes a little romance with some action and adventure mixed in. Alessandra is an older character than the ones I am used to reading in YA stories. She is a PI (different) and James is a very, very, very old immortal with lots and lots of money (not very different), Alessandra is just older than the regular teen in most YA stories. Vincent is the bad guy because what story would be complete without an evil character. There is also another evil character, I was surprised when Natalia (love the Spanish names) was introduced as an evil character as well. Love to be able to read about an evil female character and see just how evil she can be. I love this story I’m looking forward to the next book and recommend this great story.
  • Echo Island on Nov. 14, 2012

    Title: Echo Island Author: Tempest C. Avery Format: ebook 239 Genre: Paranormal Romance Fantasy Adult Cover: Nice Characters: 700 yr old vamp Cassandra & 150 yr old shifter Harper and so many more!!!! Series: Yes (this is the second one in the series….didn’t even know that until I finished reading it) Rating: 5 stars After reading the first chapters I decided to take some type of notes because it was getting hard to keep track of everyone of the characters. So before beginning the review I went back and reviewed the notes, and holy mole… oh baby…. I remember that!! When I say packed with action I mean both types! And right of the bat!! Wooosssssaaaaaaa now back to the review. I like the intro. It prepared and allowed us to see Cassandra past a little. I like the fact that she is portrayed as a strong female character and that she has been using men for 700 yrs ever since she was turned. Used them for every evil carnal needs she desired mmmwwwhhhhaaaaa. Not your typical story where the man is the “use them and lose them” type. I adored Harper; he is funny witty and very patient with Cassandra’s bad attitude. But I understand why she is so cranky 700 yrs is no joke. There are different types of supernatural beings / Mirror Warriors, that at times it was hard to keep up with who was who. But I had my notes if I needed to go back to. The plot is interesting. I haven’t come across the type of bad villain that is introduced in this story before in any other book I have read. I didn’t realize this was the second book so I will be going back to read the first one. I was a little confused in the first chapter but it cleared up and I was into the story. With so many characters the series can go on for a while. The action starts and continues through out the story and there is never a dull moment. This is an adult book and I recommend it to any adult who like to read paranormal/fantasy romance stories. Looking forward to the next book and see who the next main characters will be. I would like to see if the story continues with Cassandra or Harper and what happens after.
  • The Athena Effect on Jan. 23, 2013

    At first I thought the story was going to be about mythology Athena goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill basically the best of the best. But it wasn't it was a very nice romance action packed story, that has really nothing to do with mythology except for the name. Bad boy Cal meets sweet innocent Cal... yes both are named cal, however it's not as confusing as one might expect. She tries to avoid him but fails miserably. Female Cal has a very unique quality that helps her when she must move in with her aunt and her aunt creepy lazy significant other. And of course the evil villain is the crazy scientist that must possess the innocent sweet Cal with this exceptional quality. Very good story, fast paced, recommend it to all ages, will definitely be reading the rest in the series as they come out. I don't remember any scenes that would be considers questionable. The characters are 18 and are alone a few times, but nothing to descriptive or nothing I can remember.
  • Guardians Of The Akasha on Jan. 31, 2013

    Loved the Cover and the story! Rate: 4 stars Title: Guardians of the Akasha Author: Celia Stander Format: eBook – pgs Genre: YA Sci-fi, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Novel with a little Romance and Adventure mixed in. Cover: 5 stars Series: Yes Main Characters: Keira & Marco Santana!!! After reading the blub, I knew this was my kind of story. The story takes you on a wild trip of good vs. evil with supernatural powers. A lot of characters are involved but the two main ones are Keira who’s an older teen that had her future planned out, but not yet told her parents, and was getting ready to go to college & Marco Santana (really like the name) Leader of the Draaken and protector of the Guardian. The story takes place in London but takes you to several other locations around the world. Although the story is not very descriptive with the locations except that they are traveling to and from these locations. A little disappointed with this aspect, I would have enjoyed it if some type of landmarks were described. The romance part was foreseeable as soon as the male stepped in the scene, but that’s okay, I don’t mind knowing who the love interest is going to be early in the story. The story had several twists that I was not expecting but some were a given. What story would be complete without an evil deranged power hungry manipulator and in this story that would be Deamon and his Watchers who want the power of the Akasha. I enjoyed the story vey much and would recommend the book. There are a few battle scenes which naturally have death, but nothing too graphic. I would not have a problem allowing my children to read when they were young. We have to remember that this is just a story that can and will take you away to a different world with a happy ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
  • Ominous Love on Jan. 31, 2013

    Always a sucker for Angle Stories Rating: 5 Stars Title: Ominous Love Author: Patricia Pubble Format: eBook – 129 pgs Genre: YA Romance, Paranormal, Angels Cover: 4 stars Loved the concept but looked a little choppy Series: Yes I loved the storyline. Who doesn’t like angle’s stories fallen or otherwise? Besides the main plot of evil vs. good saving the heroine, there is another element that I have not read in a while and that is Love at First Sight. The method in which the author describes the emotions are so detailed that I a victim of such fate, appreciated tremendously reading and finally putting words to those feelings I’ve had for so long. As I read the emotions that the characters were going through I was thrown back to my early years and my experience with my love at first sight, whom turned out to be my soul mate. Ms. Pubble did a great job in describing the sensation of love at first sight. I loved Elle’s feisty character and quick witty comebacks. Imagining Seal in all his glory wasn’t too bad either. There are a few dark scenes, that most people would rate this story for mature teens. I truly believe that this story should be read by all teens young and old. As a parent, I tried to prepare my children for life by opening their eyes to the good and the ugly of this world early in life. I allow them to read stories like Ominous Love so they can learn from what these characters go through and hope that they do not fall into the same darkness. As a deputy I see and hear all sorts of darkness and wished my children stayed innocent but it’s not smart nor is it safe for our children to be that sheltered. I think educating them is the best preventative we have. Patricia did a wonderful job describing the dark scenes that are happening to teens all over this world Bravo for incorporating this ugliness into your wonderful story. I did not love the fact that Elle quit school to work, we don’t know the reactions to the parents because that was not included nor the reason for it. But I’m going to ignore it because it was remedied at the end. I wish the story was a little longer it was missing some of the history of the two angles and a little more info on Elle’s school decision and her parents involvement. I have never read the children’s books the author has published, but she nailed this wonderful Love at First Sight Soul Mate story “Ominous Love”. I can’t wait for the second one it’s looking to be like a home run. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
  • Fall For Me (The Tate Chronicles #1) on April 11, 2013

    Love me some Angel stories, doesn’t matter, good or bad bring them on!! Fall For Me was no exception. I loved it! Here is why I enjoyed it….good plot, a strong female character that is bad ass, with a good story flow. Grace & Archer are twins that look nothing alike. That’s because one is a human and the other is not. The plot and story line, I thought was unique. Yes… there are vampires (not nice ones) then there are angels that protect the humans, (not original) BUT, the way the story is laid out, the characters, the plot, all the twists and turns, that all put together creates a very interesting unique story. It’s written without errors or none that I noticed. I was able to understand the meaning behind the title Fall For Me which is very appropriate for the book. A very good YA supernatural romance action novel, that flows (way better than my review) well and that’s also well paced with lots of twists and turns. It’s a quick read with lots of action and romance. If you’re a fan of angel stories than you will love Fall For Me. I recommend Fall For Me to all ages. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Title: Fall For Me Author: K.A. Last Format: ebook 70,000 words around 237 pgs Genre: YA Cover: 5 stars Main Characters: Grace, Archer, & Josh Rating: 5 stars Series: Yes!
  • The Road To Price on July 23, 2013

    Mia and Sebastian aka Mr. Price are the main characters. He is looking for a house keeper, she is trying to work as much as she can so she can num herself and become too tired to remember what she’s running from. She’s a 23 year old woman that moved to Miami where she worked her little fingers off, not for the money but to keep busy. Mia, is a broken woman that has suffered terrible things in her young life. She is lost, and afraid of relationships, so she does what any other person would do….work till you drop dead tired. Mr. Price, is a rich, married male whore, a womanizer, and a control freak, among other things. I was sure this jerk was going to hurt her even more. The story is short; I was emotionally and really enjoying the story and then the cliff hanger!!! The good thing is that the second book should be out. The story is in Mia’s POV but switches between the present and her past. I love the last chapter it’s from Sebastian’s POV. Always nice to read what the male character has to say. There came a time that I wanted to wring her neck, give her a good smack, for putting him through the pain he went through toward the end. Why the change of my view on Mr. Price you ask…well you will just have to read the story. I can’t wait to start reading the next book. I know eventually someone will mention the grammar error in the story; it was only one word a few times through the story not a big deal. The story is still great. I would recommend this to the New Adult age group and those adults that enjoy romance with a little action. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Title: The road to Price (book 1) Author: Justine Elvira Format: ebook Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Cover: 5 stars Main Characters: Meredith & Blake Rating: 4 stars Series: Yes
  • Hot Mess on Aug. 08, 2013

    Hot Mess is a very interesting story. First story I’ve read that deals with this type of subject. Ms. Conley did a great job at telling this story while keeping Rachel’s secret in the dark till the end. This book will open your eyes to a subject that was taboo when it first became known back in the 90’s and is still not spoken out loud very much even today. Hot Mess is a contemporary romance with a happy ever after sort of ending, my type of book. Rachel & Sam are down to earth next door type of characters. Both characters have a daughter close in age and once Sam and Amanda moved across the street, the girls became instant friends. I liked Rachel’s priorities, her daughter always came first and everything else came second including any relationship with the opposite sex. I connected with the characters; sometimes I find the characters distant or annoying, neither of those feeling were present while I was reading this story. I felt Rachel’s pain and her need to have someone to share her love, her life, and share her burdens but so afraid that her secret would be exposed. She suffered alone with the ordeal, until Sam showed up and made things a little more complicated, but in a good way. The only character that I wanted to physically hurt was the principle of the girls’ school; she got what she deserved in the end!! The POV was from both main characters. The tense was first person present with a few sections where the main characters seemed to be thinking about the past, which was good. This allowed more insight to their past and let the reader know why the characters were the way there were. I tend to enjoy the story more when I can read on what the male character is thinking. The story flowed well and the pace was good. I noticed the cover has changed from the original version which is a lot better, than the fire and a firefighter image. I didn’t care too much for the first cover so I would have completely passed this great story based on the old cover (I know its bad but I do look at the covers, don’t’ judge me please). This is the third book I had the opportunity of reading by Anne Conley and her stories just keep getting better and better. Yes, this is the fourth book in the series and I did mention that Hot Mess was the third book that I have picked up by her; I haven’t had the chance to read the second one. This is perfectly fine since the characters are different in each book, nothing will be missed if they are not read in order. What makes these stories a set of series is the fact that all the books setting/location/stories are/happen in the same small town of Serendipity, Texas. I will definitely be looking forward to picking up her next book or pick up the second one in this series. I recommend Hot Mess to the adult audience due to some of the romance scenes and the extra curricular activities that happen in the hallway, in the kitchen, in the living room and in the bedroom that might have had me saying “oh my”. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review . Title: Hot Mess (Serendipity Series #4) Author: Anne Conley Format: ebook 243 pgs Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance Cover: Current New Cover 4 Series: Yes Rating: 4
  • What Lies Behind on Sep. 03, 2013

    Not my cup of tea.... This was not what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I assumed that when I read the expert/summary and read “extraordinary life” it was going to be full of surprises not about a pitiful woman. I like to read peppy happy stories, this was depressing. I’m not saying that I don’t ever read sad stories, I do, I love the story “Forbidden” very sad. This story threw me for a loop, I should have done a little more reading/investigating before investing my time and effort in this story, but I didn’t and therefore, I sucked it up and finished the story, with that being said on to the review. After reading several reviews from fellow reviewers there’s really nothing else I could possibly write that would be beneficial to this story. I agree with most that this was a well written book, with no errors that I was able to see. The story line held my interest just enough to finish it, but would I re-read it? I don’t think so. The character development for the grandmother was a lot better than the granddaughter, Lisa and yet I found myself rooting for Lisa more than Lillian. Lillian came from one of those rare families that were never really affected much by the depression. She was privileged, raised by a cold hearted mother whom only taught her that all she had to do was look pretty and marry well, in other words, grow up and be useless, just like her. With only a high school diploma she had nothing to fall back on if things went wrong in her marriage or life, and did they ever go wrong. How does the saying go….the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Well, Lilian sure didn’t, her mother was cold towards her and she did the same to her children. I’m surprised that her kids didn’t end up wacked! Although Lilian’s daughter did find a job that took her far away from her bitter cold hearted mother but her son stayed closed in order to keep an eye on his useless mother. As you can tell I didn’t care for Lilian, and as for Lisa’s character I was sure that she was going to be just like her grandmother, marry well, look pretty and no need for a brain. Until, she proved me wrong and did a 360!! I believe that was the best part of the story. I found the romance that this story was in dire need of, but it was a little too late for me. The story left a sour taste in my mouth and I really cant bring myself to recommend this story to those that I follow and those very few that follow me. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Title: What Lies Behind Author: Cynthia Hill Format: ebook 312 pgs Length: 21 chapters Genre: Contemporary Adult Published: 8/5/2012 Cover: 2 stars Tense: third person present Setting: Toronto 1920’s - Present POV: Alternates between Lilian & Lisa Characters: Lilian & Lisa Rating: 2 stars Series: No