Posts Categorized: Book Review

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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Jul 06 2016
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One Little Kiss by Robin Covington – #Romance #Review #RITA2016 @RobinCovington

One Little Kiss by Robin Covington – #Romance #Review #RITA2016 @RobinCovington

One Little Kiss Review

One Little Kiss by Robin Covington is a sweet, sexy story that packs a lot of heat in a small amount of space. This novella was sizzling from minute one. Robin created a story that I loved all the way through and I didn’t want to let the characters go. Leighton and Jonas have been fighting their intense attraction to each other for many reasons. The biggie: Jonas is the best friend of Leighton’s twin brother, which means off limits.

I don’t want to share too much, because I really want you to pick this one up for yourself. While some novellas feel like insta-love, it didn’t feel that way with Leighton and Jonas. They have a history …

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Jun 28 2016
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Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore – #Review @SaysStephanie

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore – #Review @SaysStephanie

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore is the first book in the new wedding planner mystery series. I was absolutely delighted when Kensington approved my NetGalley request to review this one. I loved the cover, the title and the description. When I started reading the book, I was not disappointed. Ms. Blackmoore delivers a top-notch cozy mystery with delightful characters, plenty of twists and turns, and a town full of quirky residents.

Mallory will be marrying Keith in a few days ~ but before that happens, she receives a mysterious envelope with some photos painting Keith as an unfaithful jerk. Heartbroken, but thankful for the reprieve from Keith and his overbearing mother, Helene, Mallory holes up in a hotel to lick …

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Jun 28 2016
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The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine – Release Day #Review @JaneEyre77

The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine – Release Day #Review @JaneEyre77

The Last Time She Saw Him is the debut book for author Jane Haseldine and is the first in the Julia Gooden series. I was instantly pulled into this story. This is a book that I stayed up late to finish in just one night (not something I do very often). Ms. Haseldine does an incredible job of weaving intricate plot details with characters you feel for to create a heart-pounding thriller.

Julia is a crime reporter in Detroit, MI. Her older brother’s disappearance as a child haunts her to this day, and influences the way she raises her sons. Her obsessive overprotective parenting is causing a rift in her marriage and her brother’s disappearance makes it difficult for her to …

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Jun 28 2016
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The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe – Quick Review #FunInTheSunRC

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe – Quick Review #FunInTheSunRC

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe is a perfect summer read. This is a story that broke my heart and mended it a few times over. I was immediately swept up in the family dynamics. There were several issues at play throughout the book, and it seemed that all of the characters had their own secrets and shortcomings: as people do. I absolutely loved the setting. I felt truly transported to the Lowcountry. I didn’t want to leave. I finished this book crying ~ and that’s always the sign of a good read.

I selected this book for our library’s June …

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Jun 19 2016
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Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston – Review

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston – Review

Anastasia Pollack is up to her neck in problems. She’s newly widowed – finding out only after her husband’s death that he wasn’t who she thought he was. Karl was a gambling addict who swindled away their life savings, plotted to steal his mother’s life savings and get her run over with a car, spent his sons’ college funds, and got in bed with a loan shark…a loan shark who is now coming to call on Anastasia.

She certainly doesn’t need to discover the dead body of a much-despised coworker in her desk chair…killed by her hot glue gun. Anastasia ends up a murder suspect at the same time she is trying to figure out how to keep the loan shark …

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Jun 19 2016
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I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Library Book Club Review

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Library Book Club Review

This is a quick review to keep track of books I’ve read this year that correspond to reading challenges I’m participating in. 🙂

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella is a cute read that I didn’t want to put down. It was a funny, chick lit novel that would be a great romantic comedy flick. Poppy Wyatt is a character that quickly grew on me and I so want to be her friend. 🙂 An enjoyable read that kept my interest and had me laughing out loud in parts, even to the point of tears. This was my first Kinsella book, …

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Jun 18 2016
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The Calamity CafĂ© by Gayle Leeson – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

The Calamity CafĂ© by Gayle Leeson – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

The End of the World?
Gayle Leeson

When I was a little girl—three or four years old—I believed that the hill above my grandmother’s house was the end of the world. The road was a dead end, and so I thought you couldn’t go any farther.

There was a young man who lived on that hill who was well on his way to becoming a “rough character.”

He would eventually get involved with drugs, be an enforcer for a drug dealer, go to prison. As a child, I’d stand in the front yard and wave to him as he sped up the road to his house. He’d wave and sometimes blow the horn. We were buds.

My best bud at that time …

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Jun 14 2016
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Fixin' to Die by Tonya Kappes – Character Guest Post, Review + Giveaway @tonyakappes11

Fixin' to Die by Tonya Kappes – Character Guest Post, Review + Giveaway @tonyakappes11

Fixin’ to Die Character Interview

Character’s full name: Poppa or Sheriff Sims

A short bio on this character: I’m not your typical character. I was the sheriff of my small town of Cottonwood, Kentucky for longer than I count. But that don’t matter now. What matters is that my granddaughter, Kendrick Lowry- Kenni Bug for short, was elected to sheriff in Cottonwood. You see, I’m dead. I died of a massive heart attack before she was elected, so I made it my ever-after mission to keep her safe. I’ve been busy! I’ve been scaring off any would be criminals for the past two years. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I couldn’t be in two places at once …

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