Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Review: Married for Christmas

Married for Christmas Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Where do I begin? First off, I am a minister's wife; and no, we didn't get married so he could get a church. We got married because we fell in love. So,
FIRST OFF - NO PASTOR IS GOING TO MARRY A WOMAN JUST SO THAT HE CAN GET A CHURCH.
No way, just not going to happen. If he did, then he needs to quit the ministry altogether because he understands nothing of what the Bible teaches about marriage.
I skimmed through a few pages and then dumped the book. I was so put off by the blurb. It's insulting to every Godly marriage out there. The whole storyline is just ludicrous. Plus, it never works well for a minister to pastor his home church; it's a built in recipe for disaster.
So no, I didn't like this book. None of it works.

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Review: We Wish You A Ferret Christmas

We Wish You A Ferret Christmas We Wish You A Ferret Christmas by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a nice book, an entertaining read; but not particularly memorable for me. I remember the beginning of the story, but don't recall how it ended. Good book with interesting characters.

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Review: Dragon's Christmas Captive

Dragon's Christmas Captive Dragon's Christmas Captive by Isadora Montrose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a terribly cute story, with lots of fun humor in it. I liked the characters and the story. A very fun paranormal romance to read, and it makes a delightful Christmas read too. Enjoy.

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Review: Christmas Kringle

Christmas Kringle Christmas Kringle by Danni Roan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

There's a good story here, with interesting characters. But the reason that I ended up giving it only 1 star is because this is a half finished book. The story ends, but DOES NOT CONCLUDE! And skimming through the blurbs about the other books in this series, I'm not sure when or just where the author does conclude this story. It's a crying shame that the author published a half finished book. If she had published the whole story, I would have given it 5 stars probably.

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Review: Candi Kane Kisses

Candi Kane Kisses Candi Kane Kisses by Sharon Coady
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This makes for a very delightful Christmas read. It's chock full of Christmassy holiday spirit and activities that our characters do. The characters are delightful, and the story is wonderful.

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Review: Miss Kane's Christmas

Miss Kane's Christmas Miss Kane's Christmas by Caroline Mickelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book goes up there as one of the most delightful Christmas romance novels I've read. It's in my Christmas book hall of fame. It's a delightful story, with wonderful characters. I love it when a writer puts Santa or his family in a Christmas romance novel. It just doesn't get more Christmassy or delightful than this.

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Review: The Christmas Catch

The Christmas Catch The Christmas Catch by Ginny Baird
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a cool book, a fun read, that I enjoyed a lot. Good characters and a good solid story.

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Review: A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay

A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay by Barbara Cool Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short book, but a very excellent one, and a ton of fun to read. I highly recommend it. Well worth your time.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: The Billionaire's First Christmas

The Billionaire's First Christmas The Billionaire's First Christmas by Holly Rayner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another book that I remember fondly, and it's a very fun story to read. I enjoyed it a lot and upped the star rating on it too. It's a very good book to read, and rates high on the fun Christmassy factor too. Just the thing to grab for you Christmas holiday reading.

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Review: Dog Days of Love

Dog Days of Love Dog Days of Love by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another great tale from the pen of author Rachelle Ayala, this time telling the story of the youngest Hart and his attempts at romance. He is struggling to get the interest of a girl who is focused on other things. I would tell you how it turns out, but you need to find out that for yourself. Needless to say, it's an interesting journey as these 2 come together.

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Review: Drive Me Crazy

Drive Me Crazy Drive Me Crazy by Marquita Valentine
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is another one of those books that lost me in the first few pages. For one thing, the main thing, the main female in this book, right off the bat, comes off as nothing but an oversexed bimbo. And the guy is going on about how she ..... arouses him.

Now I don't read books for sex scenes. I want a story, romance, and I would prefer that the woman doesn't come off as a brainless oversexed bimbo.

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Review: Christmas Lights: A Collection of Inspiring Christmas Novellas

Christmas Lights: A Collection of Inspiring Christmas Novellas Christmas Lights: A Collection of Inspiring Christmas Novellas by Vikki Kestell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I must admit, I didn't get past the first book in this collection. It was very depressing and rather gruesome as well. It didn't inspire me to want to read any further.

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Review: Mistletoe Mischief

Mistletoe Mischief Mistletoe Mischief by Stacey Joy Netzel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a really fun, delicious read that I enjoyed a lot. It's more a Christmas in July type thing, but the story is great. Not one to be missed. I love the characters and the story, especially the santa character and his wife.

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Review: The Unintended Fiance

The Unintended Fiance The Unintended Fiance by Miranda P. Charles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must admit, that this is one of those that by the time I got to writing my review online, I decided to up the star rating from 3 to 5, because I had such good memories of the story. I mean, that's the true litmus test of a book ..... get a few days away from it, and how well do you remember it? Do you remember it fondly? Remember what you didn't like about it? Or don't remember it at all?

Well, this book is one I remember fondly. It's a fun and wonderful story to read, which I think you'll enjoy. The twists and turns that the story takes make for great reading. This one, I recommend heartily.

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Review: A Michaelmas Wager

A Michaelmas Wager A Michaelmas Wager by Emily Murdoch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The whole premise of this books is rather disgusting, and I couldn't get past the first few pages. A group of young men get drunk at a public event, and make a stupid wager about marrying some young woman that they pick out at random. Poor young woman. And this is supposed to have a happy ending? Sorry, but no, a marriage that starts out on a stupid drunken wager and involves an innocent young woman who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time ....... nope, no way that should have a happy ending.

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Review: A Christmas Village to Call Home

A Christmas Village to Call Home A Christmas Village to Call Home by Lisa Pendergrass
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another one of those books that simply didn't grab me. For me, if you haven't gotten me by the first 5 pages, you're not going to and I'm probably going to bolt. That was the story here. Hope others enjoy it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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Review: A Christmas Homecoming

A Christmas Homecoming A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another one of those books that I shelved rather quickly. The heroine was too syrupy and the guy responded to her a bit too quickly. It all put me off reading the book and I moved on to something else.

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Review: The Christmas Secret

The Christmas Secret The Christmas Secret by Jeannie Watt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is an all right book, but nothing to write home about. For the most part, I enjoyed it all right, but I didn't care for the ending as it wasn't very conclusive to me. Not what I'm wanting in a book.

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Review: Mail Order Bride: Christmas Surprise

Mail Order Bride: Christmas Surprise Mail Order Bride: Christmas Surprise by Emily Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you're looking for a wonderful sweet western romance book, that has the bonus of 2 romances in one book, this is your ticket. It's a wonderfully lovely book that I most thoroughly enjoyed. The characters and story is enchanting and fun to read. It has a happily ever after that you'll love.

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Review: The Quinns - Winter Valley Wolves Volume 2: True Mate Love

The Quinns - Winter Valley Wolves Volume 2: True Mate Love The Quinns - Winter Valley Wolves Volume 2: True Mate Love by V. Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love paranormal romance when they're well written, and this one is. Plus, it's an excellent box set of 3 books about 3 related women and men. They stories all pair together excellently, and I can easily recommend this book.

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Review: Building A Christmas

Building A Christmas Building A Christmas by Patricia Bond
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I tried reading this one, really I did; but I found it way too depressing. I don't read books to be depressed. I want to read about fun and stuff. This just was not my cup of tea.

If you like dark novels and storylines, then you might like this; but I sure didn't.

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Review: Montana Secret Santa

Montana Secret Santa Montana Secret Santa by Debra Salonen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seemed like a nice book, but it just never did catch my interest, so I moved on. The beginnings was just a bit too syrupy and etc. A not quite believable situation.

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Review: Holly & Mistletoe: A Hiatt Regency Classic Christmas Duet

Holly & Mistletoe: A Hiatt Regency Classic Christmas Duet Holly & Mistletoe: A Hiatt Regency Classic Christmas Duet by Brenda Hiatt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesome book, and so much more than just a historical romance. There's mystery and danger and intrigue, and problems between the two in love. Their marriage has romance, but it also has complications. I loved it.

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Review: Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man

Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man by Carolyn L. Dean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read book 1 in this series, and was delighted when I ran across book 2 up for free as well. I loved book 1, and book 2 wasn't a disappointment either. Both books are awesome! If you like the cozy mystery genre and are in search of a series to read, this one is a good one to follow.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: License to Date

License to Date License to Date by Susan Hatler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really didn't care for this book much. It's a light, fluffy romance, if that's what you looking for. The characters are pretty one dimensional and don't have a lot of depth. I don't like the main character or the way she lets her friends push her around. Nor the duplicitous main male character either. It's just not a very strong book, and sometimes the friends can come off as pushy and annoying; and the main female character doesn't come off well at all either. I mean really! She agrees to go on a bunch of dates just to get free help working on her house? If they were really her friends, they would have agreed to help her anyway, and wouldn't have pushed her about the dating.

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Review: A Husband for Christmas: Halsey Homecoming

A Husband for Christmas: Halsey Homecoming A Husband for Christmas: Halsey Homecoming by Paty Jager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since this is the final book in a series, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it much. Most books like this are only enjoyable by those who have read the series. I've read those books, and was expecting that in this one. But guess what?
THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE BOOKS.
No, you don't need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this book.
Now, about this book, it's a wonderful historical romance tale that I liked a lot. The characters are really awesome, and it has a super cool ending. I bet the rest of the books in this series rock too, but you don't have to have read them to enjoy this book. It stands on it's own and is very good.

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Review: Trusting Jake

Trusting Jake Trusting Jake by Lauren Giordano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really good book that has a good ending. But, I had a hard time getting into the book at first. I kept skimming through it, and it picks up after you get into the book. Has a really good ending.

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Review: Love, Christmas - Holiday stories that will put a song in your heart!

Love, Christmas - Holiday stories that will put a song in your heart! Love, Christmas - Holiday stories that will put a song in your heart! by Leanne Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you're wanting a Christmas box set to enjoy, this is a great one to get. I highly recommend it. It's a box set full of great stories from an awesome list of authors. Definitely one to add to your collection.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Mann Cakes

Mann Cakes Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly awesomely fun read in this book. While away serving their country, the business that twin brothers Tanner and Garrett started with their friend is destroyed and their friend is lost too. Trying to recover from this, they move back home and buy a restaurant that is for sale; planning to sell savory cupcakes. They come smack up against the two girls that neither man has forgotten since high school, Paige and Morgan, who also run a cupcake/bakery business. And the sparks fly.

But their problems follow them and trouble ensues, both of the mystery/suspicious kind; and of the romantic kind. You get two romances in one book, and it's an awesome book that you just must put on your to read list. The story takes place in the rolling hills of Kentucky, which is a plus for me, as I'm from Kentucky.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: What Once Was Perfect

What Once Was Perfect What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was disappointing. Wasn't very Christmassy. Didn't like the female lead character. The guy was so-so. The story was one I had read before. Guy lets girl go. She becomes famous, comes back home. He falls for her again. She acts like an ass for a while. They have sex a lot. Guy totally rearranges his life for HER!

Pardon me, but I grew up in a day and age when the woman rearranged her life for the guy. I mean, if she REALLY cares about him, she'd be willing to do that. But in books like this, the girl is never willing to uproot and rearrange her life for the guy, but she expects the guy to do just that. I mean, come on!

So tired of books like this. I like good old fashioned romance.

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Review: Silver Bells

Silver Bells Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, this is an excellent Christmas romance novel. Love, love, loved it. Wonderful story, great setting, fun characters, and fun writing. Yes, there are giggles and laughs in this book. It's a fun and refreshing read. Makes me smile just writing the review. I highly recommend you put this book on your holiday reading list.

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Review: Christmas with Angel

Christmas with Angel Christmas with Angel by Lexi Post
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book is mostly about them trying to find places to have sex. The latter part of this very short book isn't too bad, but it's best read if you've read the other books in this series.
YES, THIS IS A CONTINUED STORY.
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE OTHER BOOKS, YOU WON'T REALLY GET THIS ONE.
Seriously, if you haven't read any other books about these characters, don't bother with this one.

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Review: Under the Mistletoe

Under the Mistletoe Under the Mistletoe by A.C. Arthur
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seems like a nice enough set, but just didn't catch my interest. Couldn't get into the story, so moved on to another book.

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Review: A Christmas Worth Billions

A Christmas Worth Billions A Christmas Worth Billions by Jaclyn Hardy
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book isn't Christmassy, it's depressing. Yeah, I know, real life and that stuff happens and all ..... but, ........ I read books to get away from all that stuff. The book starts out with the guy moaning and crushingly sad because his wife is gone. And the mom is just plain stupid! She's lets her kids sleep in the cold and doesn't accept help the church would give because, "she wants to show she can do it on her own". I mean, how stupid a character can you get?!!?

Let me tell you, when you're down and out, you take whatever help anyone is willing to offer; and you shove that 'do it on your own' crap right where it goes - right out the door and into the garbage.

I didn't get far into this book because one character is insanely depressing, and the other character is colossally stupid. I have better books to read.

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Review: Pastels and Jingle Bells

Pastels and Jingle Bells Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christine S. Feldman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a touching book that will speak to anyone who has ever been teased or bullied. It's a great book to read, and very Christmassy. I mean, what's a girl to do when her the school bully from her past turns out to be a single dad with a little girl who is being picked on? Just melt into a puddle, that's what. It's a great book and a good holiday read, so check it out.

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Review: A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong

A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Now I like Christmas romances, and I like historical romances; but, I don't like this one. The characters are rather pitiful. The guy ..... he just isn't that likeable in any shape, way, or form; and the girl and her uncle, they read like escapees from a lunatic asylum. It just isn't that good.

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Review: All I Want for Christmas is You

All I Want for Christmas is You All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly loved this book. It was awesome! And very Christmassy too. There's great characters and a simply wonderful story that I loved. It's a solid 5 star read. Wonderful story, wonderful ending, good writing.

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Review: An American Mail-Order Bride Christmas Collection: Victoria, Bride of Kansas / Santa's Mail-Order Bride

An American Mail-Order Bride Christmas Collection: Victoria, Bride of Kansas / Santa's Mail-Order Bride An American Mail-Order Bride Christmas Collection: Victoria, Bride of Kansas / Santa's Mail-Order Bride by E.E. Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good solid box set that is a fun read if you're into historical western romance. I enjoyed it a lot. You've got good characters and interesting stories.

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Review: Christmas Wish

Christmas Wish Christmas Wish by Melanie Shawn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The blurb sounds good. Shoot, the blurb sounds great. But the book just doesn't live up to the blurb. There's too much focus on their sexual response to each other. The characters are rather shallow and not deeply fleshed out. The story just isn't that great, isn't that Christmassy to me.

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Review: A Father for Christmas

A Father for Christmas A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a truly awesome book by my favorite writer. And yes, it is Christmassy. It's a deep story about a complicated relationship between a war damaged vet and a single mother. The path to true love isn't simple or quick for this couple, but the author has written an awesome story, and I loved it. I'd heartily recommend it to anyone for any time of the year. Has the most awesome ending.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: To Save a Lady

To Save a Lady To Save a Lady by Lindsay Downs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesome book, and I simply loved it! I'd call the genre historical mystery/romance, and author Lindsay Downs does it so well. The characters are great, and the mystery is simply fascinating. They're searching for the murderer of a man, and the pursuit gets downright dangerous for our female and male heroines. Plus, you get 2 romances, and not just one.

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Review: Going Hearts Over Heels

Going Hearts Over Heels Going Hearts Over Heels by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesomely fun romance novel from one of my favorite authors. She doesn't disappoint in this book, she never disappoints. It's a fun novel where city meets country, and not mice, but a boy and a girl. The city girl comes to the small town, and the country boy doesn't care for the city, but does like the girl. The story of these two getting together is a lot of rollicking good fun from an awesome author. If you've never read her work before, then this is a good time to start.

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Review: Romancing the Rogue

Romancing the Rogue Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Short book, but a good book. Great characters that draw you in immediately. Love the story, it's awesome.

Love the female main character, smart but feminine. The male main character is a bit of an unobservant rogue. He wronged her years ago, and now they've connected again.

I'm sure you'll like the ending, I loved it.


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Review: A Cherry Sinister Murder / The Cheesecake Fake

A Cherry Sinister Murder / The Cheesecake Fake A Cherry Sinister Murder / The Cheesecake Fake by Nancy McGovern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's all right, but not great. The mystery part isn't too well concocted, and there's an obvious mistake made in the laying out of it. The characters aren't very compelling either. I skimmed through the first book, which was all right; and I skipped the second book all together and moved on to another book. It's an all right set, but not that great.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: No Direction Home

No Direction Home No Direction Home by Jude Willhoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, I gave this book a try. I really did. I got through into chapter 7 before I dumped it and moved on to another book. While I sympathize with the author, and living with chronic pain, it's not something I want to read about in my fictional novel. And the character was always going on about her condition, what she can do, what she can't do, etc.

NOW, before you jump on my case, I TOO LIVE WITH CHRONIC PAIN. Plus, I have other chronic health issues. I keep a medicine log in the form of a small notebook where I write down all the medicine that I take on a daily basis. So yes, I understand this all too well.

I know about what I can and can't do. I LIVE WITH THAT ON A DAILY BASIS. I live with what I can and can't eat. I live with trying to control my pain.

BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO READ ABOUT!
I LIVE WITH IT!
And I certainly don't want to read about it in my fictional novel I pick up.
I gave the book a try.

Maybe if you don't live with any chronic health issues, and are a healthy so and so, maybe you can find this book interesting. I do live with chronic health issues and did not find it interesting.

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Review: Ghosts in Glass Houses

Ghosts in Glass Houses Ghosts in Glass Houses by Kay Charles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very FUN read! (:-) I really enjoyed it. All the ghosts just add to the fun. It's a hoot, her dealing with all these ghosts talking to her, while she's trying to not let people know she can see and hear them. It's got great characters, an awesome story, and a heck of a mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end.

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Review: The Courage To Love

The Courage To Love The Courage To Love by Christina Tetreault
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good solid romance book, and I enjoyed it. I've read another book in this series I believe. This book has good characters, great setting, and good solid story. A good romance book to curl up with.

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Review: Prairie Heat

Prairie Heat Prairie Heat by Tessa Layne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Sorry, but this book just didn't grab me. It resorted to sex right at the beginning, which I didn't care for. But this book just never got my attention.

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Review: Last Resort

Last Resort Last Resort by Jill Sanders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very enjoyable book with an interesting story that I enjoyed a lot. Fun read, good characters, good story.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Dark Deceit

Dark Deceit Dark Deceit by Cathie Dunn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The heroine in this book is pathetically dismal and spineless, always choosing the wrong guy. The hero is the only reason that I skimmed through the book at all. And he's not anything to write home about. I mean, he's okay, but nothing special. The story isn't all that great either. And be forewarned, the book starts out with a rather gruesome scene.

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