Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review of Secret Blend by Jennifer Bramseth

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Secret Blend (Bourbon Springs Book 1) by Jennifer Bramseth 

Overall star rating --- 2.5

About the book:
Sexy secrets have serious consequences in little Bourbon Springs, Kentucky—in the heart of the Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass…

When longtime friends and courtroom rivals Rachel Richards and Brady Craft get appointed to the bench in Bourbon Springs, Kentucky, tempers flare as they are forced to share chambers.

Working closely with the obstinate-yet-sexy Brady is not an attractive idea to Rachel—although she has to admit that Brady himself is pretty damned attractive.

Rachel doesn’t have to run for office to keep her judgeship, but Brady does. He draws a formidable opponent, Hannah Davenport, a wealthy co-owner of Old Garnet Distillery, where some of the finest Kentucky bourbon is crafted north of town along Old Crow Creek and near the historic springs which gave the town its unique name.

And Hannah just happens to be Rachel’s best friend.

As the judicial race heats up, so does the long-simmering attraction between the judges—so they decide to keep their relationship a secret to protect reputations and friendships.

But can any secret be kept in little Bourbon Springs, Kentucky, where the bourbon and gossip both flow freely?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 17 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The 2 main characters are likeable enough, but the book relies heavily on sex scenes to move it along. It has several graphic sex scenes in it, and depends on those scenes, as they make up a large part of the book. Another great part of the book is spent describing locations.

The part about the divorce case, and the father taking the judge hostage, it just doesn't work. It's not something a guy who had just been given custody of his children would do. Also, the high level of childishness on the part of the character, Hannah, is just not believable. Neither is what the clerk does, as no self-respecting clerk worth anything would do that.

The book actually ends at 93 percent, and the rest is the author promoting herself. It's just simply not that good a book. I picked it up for free on amazon, but I wouldn't recommend you spending your $$$ on it.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotica/romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- several, 5 or so, very graphic sex scenes
Violence rating -- minimal

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review of The Chef’s Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Chef’s Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell

Overall star rating --- 5 stars


About the book:
All Sadie had ever known, or ever wanted to know, was being a baker. She'd been raised to bake in her parents' bakery, and after their deaths, she had planned to carry on the family tradition. Devastated to find out she was losing her family's business, she needed something to do to support herself. When she received a letter from her twin sister's husband in Arizona Territory, suggesting she come out to be the bride of his best friend who was opening a restaurant, it seemed like the perfect solution to her problems.

Tripp had gone to the best culinary school in the country, and he knew exactly how to create the perfect meal. He spent hours and hours coming up with just the right menu for his restaurant, only to be told he couldn't get a loan for it unless he married. When his best friend came up with the solution of sending for his baker sister-in-law, it only made sense. Her ideas of the perfect menu were different than his, though. Would the two be able to stay together long enough to convince the bank he was a good risk? Would Sadie be able to convince Tripp that the two of them belonged together after all?

Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Absolutely wonderful historical western romance. The author does an excellent job in spinning her tale. The story and the characters draw you in and keep your attention. It's a wonderful story of a young woman being fixed up by her twin sister, with the friend of the husband. Pick up this book and walk into a quainter day, when arranged marriages and mail order brides weren't that unusual. The cast of characters is great, and the words paint the western landscape in your mind. He needs a wife so he can get the loan for his restaurant, and along the way, they fall in love. There is no sex except for kissing, no violence. It's an excellent book, excellent story about a mail order bride; perfect for those who prefer a tamer romance novel that focuses on great  characters and the story, rather than explicit love scenes. Love this book.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- historical western romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- very, very mild
Violence rating -- none

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Review of An Irish Heart by Jackie Zack

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- An Irish Heart by Jackie Zack

Overall star rating --- 5


About the book:
Successful advertising manager, GRETA CONNER travels to Ireland to fulfill a last wish from her mother. After arriving in Ireland, she is drawn to a colorful village named Angel’s Hollow. When a dark-haired stranger approaches and calls her by another name, Greta is intrigued to discover she’s the image of AEDAN O’RIAIN’s ex-girlfriend. Does she have a close relative unknown to her?
Aedan can’t understand his misfortune. Along with near bankruptcy in his future, his ex is trying to fool him by claiming she’s Greta Conner from the States. Is it some sort of plot to further ruin his reputation? Adding to his angst, his brother, Reece, insists on dating Greta if Aedan will not. All will certainly be lost if Reece falls into her plans.
Angel’s Hollow becomes like home for Greta, and there’s no one her heart loves more than Aedan. But will an unknown twin threaten all she’s longed for?

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 24
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Good book with a fun twist on the usual romance outline, in that the heroine has a lookalike who has some bad blood with the hero. Thus, the heroine has to overcome the bad blood that her lookalike looks cause for him. This is a fun and delightful read, and the twist makes it great. I highly recommend it.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- contemporary romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

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