Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Review - Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells

ABOUT THE BOOK


Holly hates the yuletide season more than ever since she received her very early inheritance: her mother’s Christmas novelty store. Now she has to put her life on hold to deal with the shop, while her parents settle into their busy sunny Florida retirement. But Holly’s childhood pal, Sean, is determined to warm her up—to Christmas and to him. When they uncover a diary concealing secrets involving both their families, this could be the Christmas that changes their lives forever …

REVIEW

I enjoyed this this story much more than the first book in the series of novellas.  It's like a second chance romance that neve really had a first chance.  Because it's a novella the story moves quickly but the pace actually works until the end, and like the first, its the mystery that trips me up.  I get what Kauffman is trying to do with these books but I think they would work okay as stand-alone holiday romances without having the secondary mystery as well and probably be better books for it.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. The recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, she is also a National Readers Choice Award and PRISM Award winner and a RITA finalist. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she is surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Book Review - Unleashed (A Hamilton Christmas Novella) by Donna Kauffman

ABOUT THE BOOK


When Emma Lafferty is hired by a billionaire CEO to watch his pets over the holidays, she expects to enjoy a quiet Christmas in opulent surroundings. What she doesn’t expect is to spend the week trapped in the mansion with Trevor Hamilton, the CEO’s sexy great-nephew—and heir—whose motives are as shady as his desire is crystal clear …

REVIEW


I'm conflicted on this story.  I love the romance portion of this story about two strangers trapped together in an ice storm who are drawn together.  I don't, however, love the mystery portion of the book.  I realize that it is the first of a three-part series of novellas that will I assume resolve in the final story, but I kind of don't care and at the same time am annoyed that it is left unresolved at the end of this book.  I don't generally like cliffhangers, so that may why I have an issue here.  I plan to read the novella because I expect to find another great romance and hopefully get drawn more into the mystery as well.


OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. The recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, she is also a National Readers Choice Award and PRISM Award winner and a RITA finalist. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she is surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Book Review - Chasing Shadows (First Wives Book 3) by Catherine Bybee

ABOUT THE BOOK

Falling in love can come with the most unexpected risks in this First Wives novel from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.
Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.
Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.
But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.

REVIEW


Catherine Bybee is one of the top authors of writing romantic comedies.  What I love about this story is how Liam acclimates into the crazy First Wives Club world.  He realizes quickly that he is a fish out of water and rolls with it with a poise that would not be expected from many.  I just loved how normal he was, living with his sister and interacting with his niece.  He isn't a rock star, or a private detective, or a millionaire, and I loved seeing how that kind of character fit into this world.  I also thought Bybee did a great job showing how the events of the previous books impacted Avery.  I am loving this series so much and I also love that each book is stand-alone where I'm not held in suspense until the next one comes out, but at the same time build in a way I wouldn't suggest jumping in partway through.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series.