Posts Categorized: Book Review

Aug 12 2016
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Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse – Review, Interview + Giveaway

Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse – Review, Interview + Giveaway

1) What does your writing space look like?
At the moment, it’s not very pretty! I work at an old beat-up computer desk in a home office I share with my husband and 13-year-old daughter. But I plan to smarten up the space with fresh paint and a new desk as soon as we finish building my husband’s new office in our basement. Can’t wait!

2) Do you write on a schedule or whenever inspiration strikes?
I used to be more of an inspiration-based writer, but now that I have a publishing contract with real deadlines I need to be more disciplined. I also have a day job, so my writing schedule is somewhat predetermined by the hours left in …

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Aug 07 2016
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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris Review #BehindClosedDoors #ad

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris Review #BehindClosedDoors #ad

This is an advertisement for SheSpeaks/St. Martins Press. My review was not influenced by this.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Available August 9, 2016 from St. Martin’s Press

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace …

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Aug 04 2016
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Hitched by Kendall Ryan – Volume One #Review @KendallRyan1

Hitched by Kendall Ryan – Volume One #Review @KendallRyan1

Hitched by Kendall Ryan is a steamy story released in three parts this summer. I was so caught up in Noah and Olivia’s story from the very first page. Noah and Olivia have grown up together. Their fathers owned a business, and, wanting to ensure they stay together (and the business stays in the families), their fathers require them to marry in order to be co-CEOs of the company.

Noah and Olivia are both driven, passionate individuals. But where Noah is passionate about people, Olivia is passionate about her work. Olivia is unsure of herself around people (and in relationships), but Noah is strong, sexy and confident. Their sexual chemistry is off the charts, and swept me along with it. I …

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Jul 27 2016
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Murder on the Mother Road by Glenn Nilson – Review, Interview + Giveaway

Murder on the Mother Road by Glenn Nilson – Review, Interview + Giveaway

1) Describe your writing space.

I write on a laptop in order to be able to write any where. I have an upstairs office in our home in New York, but I often set up my laptop on a table on the porch or back deck downstairs. We have a big maple tree in our yard and our house sits on a trout stream. I enjoy glancing at the wildlife from time to time. I do pretty much the same thing in Florida. I can often look up and discover a tall heron or a couple of limpkins walking along the canal or perching on our patio furniture.

2) What influences your writing?

I was a sociologist in one of …

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Jul 26 2016
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Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

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Please welcome Aaron Safronoff, author and illustrator of Beneath the Fall (Sunborn Rising #1) to Brooke Blogs.

I’ve been actively working on the Sunborn Rising world for the last few years, and it’s been wonderful seeing all the art, design, and music come together. The end result astounds me on a regular basis. The resulting reviews and scores, and hearing from readers about their experience of the novel from the cover to the final chapter, has had a powerful emotional effect on me.

The business of publishing approaches feedback in meaningful, objective ways. High praise and criticisms coalesce into an image of what a book means to readers collectively. Average star ratings, number of ratings, …

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Jul 23 2016
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The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan – #Review

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan – #Review

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan is a book that had my rapt attention from start to finish. The book takes place in two time periods: present day, and also the end of the 1880s. The Woman in the Photo follows Elizabeth Haberlin, an elite member of Pittsburgh society, who spends her summers at their private retreat in the Allegheny Mountains high above Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The story also follows the present day story of Lee Parker, who turns 18 and has her closed adoption file opened, providing genetic information.

Living in Ohio, but near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, many of …

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Jul 18 2016
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Killer Finds by Vicki Vass – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Killer Finds by Vicki Vass – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Hillstrom, how can I begin to tell you about Anne Hillstrom and her best friend and fellow antique blogger, CC Muller. Let me begin by introducing myself. I am Betsy Buttersworth, no relation to the syrup but a continuously sticky problem for Anne. I seem to have become Anne’s antique hunting nemesis.

It started with the episode of the pants. Let me clarify, not just any pants, but a pair of 1960s vintage capri pants worn by a Hollywood starlet. Anne won that round. You can read about it in Murder by the Spoonful, the first book in the Antique Hunters Mystery series. Anne and I compete not just for Killer Finds but also for the love of …

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Jul 09 2016
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Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken – #Review

Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken – #Review

Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken is the first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series. I squealed when I saw the approval e-mail from NetGalley, giving me access to an early copy of this book. A brand new cozy mystery series is one of my most favorite things. I love getting to dive into a new setting and get to know new characters who I quickly relate to and think of as friends. Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken did not disappoint.

J.J. is an event planner, and, after an argument with a chef, she winds up a suspect in his murder. She has to become an amateur sleuth to clear her name and find out whodunit. With the help …

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Jul 08 2016
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A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James @AvonBooks @EloisaJames #AvonAddicts

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James @AvonBooks @EloisaJames #AvonAddicts

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James is a novella in the Essex Sisters series. I haven’t read the others in the series, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this delightful regency novella. Lizzie was married to an oaf named Adrian who spent all of his time with his mistress. After his death, in the arms of his mistress no less, Lizzie has become to a shell of her previous self. Even 18 months later, she wears her mourning/half-mourning clothes. She stays in her room reading, not wanting to ride horses, come down to dinner or even laugh any more. She is of the mind that life for her is pretty well over, due to the notoriety regarding her …

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