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So, I read this book…Double Down by Victoria Pratt

First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and pass it with along to my blog friends. 

Today I’d like to share Victoria Pratt’s debut mystery. This was a light hearted story kept me entertained and smiling. I believe this is the 1st book in a series, which is exciting.

MY REVIEW:

A quick paced, light-hearted mystery featuring a fast talking heroine and a sexy as sin hero.

I really enjoyed Double Down, which is the debut book by Victoria Pratt. The author did a fabulous job building her characters. I loved the quick dialogue, the fast paced story, and basically everything about the book.

Written in 1st person, I was sucked right into the story from the first page. I liked that Cassidy Jones was a strong main character who knew her mind, and didn’t let the fact that some of her male co-workers didn’t take her detective skills seriously.

When she got the chance to prove herself—by pretending to be a stripper in order to find a murderer—the fun began.

It didn’t hurt that she had a bestie that acted much like her, and when they were together their conversations were a lot of fun. They played off each other so well. Very entertaining.

And then there’s Lorenzo. I can sum him up in one word. YUM!

I can’t wait to see what happens to Cassidy next. Will Lorenzo be in book 2, or will she find another hottie? Will she move up in rank, tackle another case, keep her cockiness and her bestie?

I guess we’ll have to stay tuned …

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He’s her kind of danger…

Small-town-girl Cassidy Jones is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving cop with a loud laugh. She’s also really good at her job—a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station. So when a local mobster is murdered, and the Chief is forced to turn to Cassidy for help, she’s excited to get the opportunity to prove herself.

Sure, the only reason she’s going undercover is because she’s one of only two female cops on the force. Still, it beats the hell out of writing parking tickets. There’s just one little problem: she’s falling hard for Lorenzo, the mobster’s dangerously sexy brother—and possible murder suspect. With everyone at the station assuming she’ll fail, Cassidy cannot act on her attraction.

But when Cassidy’s instincts lead her to a shocking suspect, her reputation isn’t the only thing at stake.

 

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Title: Double Down
Series: Cassidy Jones, #1
Author: Victoria Pratt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 233 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63375-211-5
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Imprint: Select Contemporary

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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in So...I read this book

 

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So, I read this book…Temptation by Kathryn Barrett

First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and pass it with along to my blog friends. 

Today, I’d like to share a story that involves an Amish furniture maker and a Hollywood actress. I know what you’re thinking. How can there even be a love story between such polar opposites. Well, Temptation by Kathryn Barrett is a book you won’t want to miss so you can see how she pulled it off! Even though it was priced a bit higher than I like to spend for an ebook, it was worth every cent.

MY REVIEW:

If I had to sum this book in one word it’d be IMPRESSIVE.

But, since I don’t have to use one word, let me elaborate. Kathryn Barrett is a new to me author and her writing is beyond impressive. Flawless in the way her story flowed together. Wonderful descriptions and such in depth characterization there were times I forgot I was reading a book with make believe characters instead of eavesdropping in a room full of living, breathing people.

From the get go this story had my attention. Actually, from the moment I read the blurb. I have never read an Amish love story, so was curious how this would play out since it involved an Amish man and a modern woman who just happens to be an actress. Talk about an internal struggle for each character, but Ms. Barrett managed to pull it off so that you just fell in love with both Laura and Jacob without judging them. Instead I wanted everything to work out in their favor because they just belonged together.

Even the secondary characters were great. They all added a wonderful element to the story that kept me turning the pages.

I also enjoyed the love scenes, which I wondered how Ms. Barrett would pull off, but she did another impressive job. She didn’t go overboard, which to me, kept the story more realistic.

Thank you Kathryn Barrett for a great read!

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Holt Medallion Winner – MAINSTREAM / SINGLE TITLE – Winner

Golden Quill BEST FIRST NOVEL winner

Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania’s Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there’s more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover.

Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she’s soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what’s missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato.

Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs — despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful — and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he’s forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.

 

Title: Temptation
Author: Kathryn Barrett
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational, Romantic Comedy
Length: 322 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-961-5
Imprint: Select

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in So...I read this book

 

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So, I read this book…Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance

First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and share it with my blog friends. 

Today, I’d like to share a fun little novella from author Sarah Ballance titled Five Things I Love About You…which is a steal at .99!

MY REVIEW:

Five Things I Love About You is such a fun story, but I should’ve known it would be because Sarah Ballance always has a way of pulling me into one of books with the dialogue, characters, and overall awesomeness. I can’t even begin to tell you how she is a master at weaving words together that just make you fall in love!

My favorite part of this story—besides the characters—was the yellow fanged cat who would just show up out of nowhere and somehow steal the scene. But his little part toward the end of the story melted my heart. I won’t go into detail because you should read this book yourself to discover all the little tidbits of amazingness.

Estelle comes to New York City from the sunny west coast to apartment sit her brother’s place. She’s not thrilled because she hates the city–how the people are rude, the sidewalks are dirty, and the overall stench. She ends up meeting a hunky neighbor who just happens to douse her with pickle juice and then come to her rescue when her air conditioner goes on the fritz. From the get go these two are attracted and between their conversations filled with sexual innuendo and the thoughts racing through their heads—about each other—this is a real page turner. Crosby–the hunky neighbor–is determined so show Estelle that the city has a lot to offer. He’ll find at least 5 things that she’ll love about city life.

Let the fun begin…

Being that they were from different ends of the continent, I was anxious to find out how they’d have their happily ever after. Would they end up having a long distance relationship…would he chuck in his business and leave it to his brothers and head west…or would she sell her house and move to the big city, or would they compromise and meet somewhere in the middle? I guess if you want to find out, you need to grab a copy of this fun novella and find the answer. This is the first book in a series about the Chase brothers, and I’m already in love with the men in this family. Looking forward to book 2!!!

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Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one…

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It’s only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn’t Crosby Chase’s finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she’ll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn’t need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay…

Title: Five Things I Love About You
Series: Chase Brothers
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, novella
Length: 160 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63375-337-2
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Imprint: Lovestruck

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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in Review, So...I read this book

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂 And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Six Days of Memories by Stacy Eaton. This crime/mystery novel is available for only .99. An unbelievable deal for what you’ll get.

MY REVIEW:

There were so many reasons to enjoy and love this story written by Stacy Eaton. First off Six Days of Memories starts out with action—and the ending hooks for chapter one and two MADE me keep reading even though it was well past the time I should’ve turned out the lights and called it a day.

I’ve always enjoyed a mystery mixed with a romance, and this story has them both and then some. The action is immediate, and the dialogue is fresh and fast paced with no wasted words. I was carried away on an interesting story between several characters that I got to know easily through Stacy’s writing style. The secondary characters were awesome, but I loved the main character, detective Natasha Foster. She’s strong, has a great sense of who she is and wants to be, holds an interesting job she excels at, and is honest with herself and everyone around her. I’m sure that the fact Ms. Eaton shares a career in law enforcement only added to the reasons I found Natasha so “real”. I also liked the hero, Jay. Stacy did a great job in making his amnesia believable without going over the top, and at the same time keeping his character strong, full of integrity, and most important—likable.

The bond between Natasha and Jay is evident the moment they share the same page. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Natasha has a job to do and that’s to help Jay figure out whom he is and if he’s involved in a horrific case involving a car crash, two dead bodies, and a duffel bag full of money. Jay has to keep his attraction to Detective Foster in check as well—even though it’s difficult. After all, he knows nothing of his past—is he married, does he have a girlfriend, a family—or worse yet is he a criminal? Any of these will automatically kill any chance at something more developing between him and Natasha.

And the tattoo bond between these two was just icing on the cake. I enjoyed that aspect of the story and the little reveal toward the end that explained how it came to be. Sorry, I won’t share too much about that because I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s discovery 🙂

Another thing I like when I’m reading a book—that this story had in spades—is while turning the pages I’m able to learn something too. This book gave me several insights, including—tattoos, tae kwan do, karate—and that the next time I make pancakes I need to add vanilla to the batter.

All in all, this story is strongly written with lots of twists and turns. There were a few times I wondered just how Ms. Eaton would make aspects of Jay’s past work out and give him the future he wanted and deserved—and needless to say she did an excellent job in accomplishing these tasks and still making you LOVE her characters.

Six Days of Memories is a book I know I’ll read again. Definitely one I recommend and will add to my keeper shelf.

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Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on.

When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught.

Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.

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Author Genre: Crime, Thriller and Mystery

Website: Stacy Eaton
Author’s Blog: Stacy Eaton, Author
Blog: Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @StacySEaton
E-Mail: Mybloodrunsblue@aol.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook
Pinterest: Check Out Pinterest

Author Description: Stacy is a full-time police officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else, taking a passion in putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. She is also a business owner where she helps people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two, a son proudly serving in the United States Navy and a young daughter. Her husband is also in law enforcement. Stacy is also currently serving on the board of directors for her local domestic violence center. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. – See more at: http://hbsauthorspotlight.blogspot.com/2014/07/stacy-eaton-six-days-of-memories-is.html#sthash.TYs2uhWx.dpuf

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂 And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Letters at Christmas, an historical novella written by Amber Lin that is available for only .99.

MY REVIEW:

This is the first book I’ve read by author Amber Lin. I was first drawn into the story by the beautiful beginning to the 1st chapter, and happy to find each chapter began with a little snippet even better than the chapter before. Very beautifully written pieces. As I read, it was easy to detect what each of those snippets were, and that made me enjoy them more.

Ms. Lin has a beautiful way of writing. She draws you into the scene with all five senses. Her descriptions are so well written, and her love scenes are sweet and erotic at the same time.

I really liked Sidony. She had a teasing quality to the way she handled Hale, even though she was angry over the fact that he’d stayed away longer than promised, and that he didn’t write as he’d promised. And Hale, let’s just say he is one of the sweetest, sexiest heroes. His depth of feeling for Sidony was well done. The love that this pair felt for each other was so strong, and you could feel it in every scene they shared. I’ve always been a sucker for a good reunion type story and I wasn’t disappointed.

And even though this story has Christmas in the title, it’s one of those sweet stories that can be read any time of the year. I really enjoyed the Christmas songs littered throughout the story as well—I wanted to break out the Christmas music and join the festivities.

This novella was packed with everything needed to help you connect with the characters, get to know them and their reasons for traveling the paths they did, and to root for them to work things out. I enjoyed this quick read—it was the perfect way to wind down after a busy day.

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London, 1815 Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone. Jilted Sidony Harbeck is done waiting for the inconstant Captain Hale Martin to return. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter. Now the scoundrel has returned, professing his love and a thoughtless bet to woo her, but she only wants him to suffer. After three years at sea, Hale finally has the means to marry his best friend’s sister and the love of his life. But he only has three days to convince her of his devotion because he stupidly proposes a wager – he’ll convince Sidony to marry him by Christmas or he’ll leave her alone forever. When Hale sets out to seduce her, the stakes are raised by a passion so intense that Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.

Previously published in A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology

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Information:

Title: Letters at Christmas
Author: Amber Lin
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 59 pages, novella
Release Date: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-743-7
Imprint: Scandalous

 

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Saturday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂

Today, I’d like to share Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith.

MY REVIEW:

This little novella is a fun, hot read.

I liked the fact that the heroine Beth had an older son and that her and the hero were older as well….33 and 36. Beth also had an interesting background that lent a lot of reality to her reasoning in not thawing her heart in the interest of love…

Until…

Dr. Gabe North. I can sum him up in one word. YUM!

This guy is sex on legs. Smexy dialogue, smexy ponytail, smexy humor.

Just.

Sexy.

He has a few issues from his past as well that bar him from moving on with his future. But both of them work together to overcome their issues.

I enjoyed the dialogue and between Gabe and Beth. Sometimes fun and humorous, and sometimes reflective and serious. A nice range to get the feel for each of them and how their pasts have molded their present. I also liked their attraction…very natural and believable.

Even though this was a novella, it wasn’t lacking in character development or plot.

I enjoyed my little break from reality with this fast paced read, the delicious love scenes, and the book overall.

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One night with a sexy stranger is just what the doctor ordered…

When a fellow RN predicts Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped, and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, she laughs it off. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again. But who could have predicted the doctor with the mischievous smile she meets at a wedding, or the chemistry sparking between them that threatens to break through her defenses?

Dr. Gabriel North spent two years blaming himself for his wife’s death. Having finally battled through the guilt and overcome his demons, he’s ready to move on. When he meets a sexy nurse at his friend’s wedding, the attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining Beth’s trust is going to take more than seduction…

Information:

Title: Playing Doctor
Author: Jan Meredith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 123 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-407-8
Imprint: Brazen

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Saturday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂

Today, I’d like to share A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader.

My review:

I hardly know where to start with my review. I have heard so many good things about A Taylor-Made life for close to a year now and have had it loaded on my Nook for nearly that amount of time. My reading time is limited and I knew I wanted to read this book, but only opened it up recently. I could kick my own butt for waiting so long.

This is a story that has it all. Humor. Emotion. Love. Great plot. Characters you can relate to and love. Conflict. You name it, it’s in there.

I loved Taylor the main character. I loved her fun-loving personality and the way she tried to keep her spirits up even when things were at their lowest. She’s a strong young woman that is a perfect role model. I think she must have gotten a lot of that from her mom. Maureen…I smile just thinking about her. She’s the type of mom everyone would want in their corner. Strong and silent when needed, but not afraid to speak her mind and tell you like it is when it’s appropriate.

And then there’s Gavin. An amazingly sweet hero who is afraid to reveal to much of himself, but when thrown together with Taylor—and then her mom—can’t help but lower his guard.

There were so many times in reading this story I just wanted to reach into the pages and give Taylor and Gavin a hug. They were characters that jumped off the page and became friends. Friends I cared about.

This story tugged at my heart like no other story has in quite awhile. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up too late because I couldn’t put it down.

I highly recommend this book if you want an emotional read full of love. Even though I guessed at the outcome pretty early on, the journey getting there wasn’t one I’d want to miss. This was probably the best $2.99 I spent all year. Grab your copy NOW and don’t wait as long as I did to read this story. You won’t be disappointed.

Kary Rader, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful story.

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Book Overview:

A terminally-ill computer geek must decide if he will give his love and his frozen sperm to save a cheerleader with leukemia.

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karyKary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head.
Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished with words. It’s the power of words that creates and destroys.
Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.
Let the fantasy begin…

 

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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