Showing posts from November, 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 b

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 th

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