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- A Woman of Choice (The Hansen Series: Nicolas & Sydney Book 1)
on Dec. 06, 2010
A Woman of Choice was a fascinating historical read that turned out to be quite the page turner. Set in 1819, I was transported to an era that I don't usually read about. Sydney's character was funny, quirky and so unlike what a proper lady should have been. Sydney is just the type of strong character I love to see in a heroine. Nicolas was strong, protective and oh so yummy. Nicolas is a man that has been hurt on a very primal level and he does all he can to protect his heart, until Sydney comes along. I don't want to give away too much of the book because there are so many interesting and unexpected twists and turns. The romance between Sydney and Nicolas was certainly one of imperfection. They simply sizzled together. The ending is amazing and will definitely leave you wanting to buy the second book in the series. A Woman of Choice is certainly a book that is now on my keeper list. Kris Tuala writes an intriguing historical romance that is sure to sweep you off your feet. A must read!
- The Far Side of Lonesome
on Dec. 18, 2010
Simply because there are so many things I want to touch on, yet can't give away, this is going to be a hard review to write. First, let me begin with, this was one fantastic read. Although a novella, this book packed a punch. Second, this was one heck of a plot line. I've not read very many books like this and was pleasantly surprised. I fell in love with the characters of Jeb and Hoot. Both very Christian men determined to do the right thing, it is obvious of the struggles they have within themselves. The friendship between the men was refreshing to see. Sarah's character was strong, fierce and independent. The one thing driving her was the protection of her family. Sarah has witnessed and endured many terrible things but she has overcome them. The ending was amazing. I was curious to see how Ms. Hestand would wrap it all up and she did a phenomenal job of it. Grab the tissues while reading The Far Side of Lonesome, you're going to need. If you're looking for that one book that's short enough to read on a lunch break but covers a lot in the small amount of pages, this book is for you. It does leave a lasting impression that you will not soon forget.
- Touchdowns And Potions
on Jan. 05, 2011
In Touchdowns and potions, we meet Andy, football superstar and every woman's dream. He's used to getting what he wants so when he meets real estate agent Jenna Mathis, he's in for a fight. Jenna's character is driven, strong and is a woman who knows what she wants or at least thinks she knows what she wants. The fact that Andy has to fight to show Jenna how he feels is the obstacle that makes this story so exciting. Throw in paparazzi, a crazy old lady, a love potion that turns men aggressive and a very nasty ex girlfriend and you get one hilarious read.
Touchdowns and Potions was such a fun book and I found myself laughing out loud. The unruly adventures that Jenna experienced were entertaining and made this book a page turner. This was the kind of book you pick up to escape the real world and leave remembering the funny characters and events that took place. You won't walk away from it without laughing. I found this book to be emotional at times with humorous moments that kept the story interesting. I am very interested in reading more of Ms. Anderson's work. She writes in a way that I can relate to. I definitely recommend Touchdowns and potions. It's an extremely funny book with twists and turns throughout the book.
- Said the Spider to the Fly
on March 03, 2011
What a fun and mysterious read Said the Spider to the Fly was. This was such a compelling read because I honestly did not know who the killer could be. At one point, I found myself suspecting everyone. Early on, two possibilities were presented of whom it could be but then a twist was thrown in and I was back to square one. I love it when that happens. This book opened with an action scene and it maintained a fast pace throughout the book. And just a hint, when you think you figured it out, you really didn't. I was literally gasping at the dramatic ending. Fabulous!
One thing I found intriguing was the growing romance between Mona and Preston. The attraction was always there yet it seemed a romance was just out of reach. Miss Mae sure knows how to write a romance that the reader can really get into. The added boyfriend from the past made this a sensational read. I just wanted him to go away but he always came back. And then the special abilities that Mona possessed really set this book on fire. I found myself drawn to what she was capable of. The secondary characters were quirky in their own ways and each gained something by Jerome's death, which left me wondering just who could it be? The addition of Keith's character was a brilliant move as he brought a feeling of unconditional love to the story.
I enjoy reading books by Miss Mae and it seems as though each new book I read gets a little bit stronger than the one before. She is certainly an author that I have on my "automatic read" list. If you are looking for a good clean romance/mystery then you honestly need to read Said the Spider to the Fly. It will keep you on the edge of your set and get the wheels turning in your head as to what direction the book will go in. Brilliantly written Miss Mae, my congratulations to you on another well written mystery.
- Through a Glass Darkly
on April 22, 2011
When I found out that Miss Mae had written a science fiction book, I had to check it out. Although Science Fiction is not my first choice to read, I was pleasantly surprised by Through a Glass Darkly. This book was a fascinating especially regarding the hologram. As with any short story, it's difficult for me to tell you how good it is without giving away any of the story. I will say that the twist in this book was well thought out and does not disappoint. This book includes believable characters, an involving plot line, a really ugly villian and a woman with a decision to make.
I have been a fan of Miss Mae's for quite a while and I am intrigued that she has now written science fiction. I found that I actually like this genre and look forward to reading more of it. Through A Glass Darkly is a short read so the reader can easily be whisked away to another world and all while on a lunch break. I strongly recommend this book to any reader, whether or not science fiction is a genre you regularly read. With a detailed and fast paced story full of action and adventure, how can you possibly go wrong?
- June Bug
on June 22, 2011
A sizzling coming of age story, June and Ben reminded me of when times were simpler and innocence was abundant. What I wouldn't give back to go back in time. This story brought back some old memories, only this time I was remembering through the eyes of Ben and June. One of the funniest parts of the book was June herself. She was a girl who needed a filter on her mouth, and wow that sure took me down memory lane as well. June's character was bold and one who knew what she wanted out of life. The scenes between Ben and June's father were priceless and so much like the "I'm going to kill you if you look at my daughter wrong" scenarios. It was brilliant.
I've never had the opportunity to read any of JT Harding's work and I must say that I am pleasantly surprised. This was a very short book yet it evoked many emotions that I had completely forgotten about. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author. Now, how do I go back in time to when I was 18 and where is the closest sand dune?
- In the Spirit of Love
on June 23, 2014
First let me just say, I don't know how I got my hands on this book. I got no email to say "please review this". There was no email to say "hey, awesome, you won this book!". Nevertheless, I am grateful that this book came to me for whatever reason it did. After reading the blurb, I thought it sounded like an interesting read. When I started to bond with the characters and plot line, which didn't take long at all, it was a WOW moment. I could not put this book down and for so many reasons.
I have English lineage myself and I absolutely love hearing anyone speak in an English accent. In the Spirit of Love was written in such a way that when Richard spoke, I felt as though I was in England visiting the Kent estate myself along with Claire and her friend Holly. The description of the Kent estate was impeccable. It felt like a very welcoming place to be. The contact Claire had with Richard in the beginning was comical and heartwarming at the same time.
In the Sprit of Love is a full bodied novel that held emotional, warm, stressful and humorous moments that helped the story flow seamlessly. It is not very easy to give physical attributes to a ghost such as being able to touch, communicate, etc. but Ms. McClure weaves a magical tale that combines the past and present in such a way that it is one hundred percent believable. I am trying to write in in broad terms as to not give away very many clues because this simply is a story that you must read for yourself. This book was a highly suspenseful read that was well written, highly entertaining and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Yes, this book does end kind of abruptly but in a cliffhanger type of way. A lot is revealed in the last couple of chapters that let you know there is going to be a sequel. And I'm so looking forward to the sequel. Debbie A. McClure is a new author to me and if her first novel is this good, I can't wait to see her work to come. In the Spirit of Love is a must read!