Thursday, January 18, 2018

ON THE CORNER OF FOREVER AND ALWAYS by Lia Riley



Publisher:     Forever
Published:     September 26, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455568727
Genre:      Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FIVE HEARTS 


Tuesday Knight is a princess.  At least she plays one at Everland.  And like any fairy tale princess she can make magic.  And even though she never seems to make it on time to where she’s going, she manages to get there and eventually works her magic.  At least for other people.  For herself, not so much.  But that doesn’t stop her from doing her best for those she cares for most.  And with Everland in the running for the Costal Jewel, she’s determined to put her best foot forward. But it’s not all that easy…not when her biggest obstacle is Everland’s mayor, Beau Marino. 

Beau isn’t an ogre.  Well, maybe…not an ogre in the classic sense.  After all, he’s not ugly.  Not at all.  In fact, Everland’s prince is quite handsome.  And he’s not without tragedy in his life.  With the loss of his young wife, Beau has closed off his heart to letting anyone else in.  Not even a fairy tale princess. 

Beau sees things in black and white.  Facts are fact and magic doesn’t exist.  While he’d love to have the costal jewel designation, he is a realist and Happily Ever After Land isn’t going to do it.  Or will it? 

Can a man who only sees the box come together with a woman who sees beyond the box and save a town?  And more important, can they find their way to each other?

I enjoyed IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET, book 1 of Lia Riley’s Everland, Georgia series.  It was a good read.  Her latest, ON THE CORNER OF FOREVER AND ALWAYS was one of my best reads of this year.  What a fantastic story.  It was one of those books you just can’t put down and at the same time you want to slow down because you just don’t want the story to end. 

I fell in love with Beau the first time he appeared in the story.  He is a buttoned up hero the breaks your heart when you find out why he is so stuffy.  While Tuesday reaches out to grab life with both hands, Beau does his best to shove it away.  That makes for amazing chemistry between the two that plays out in a really fun story. 

Ma Hogg is a piece of work, but an entertaining one.  And Magda!  OMG!  What a fun character.  It sounded like their stories may have ended, but I hope they are back in future books.  As secondary characters they add some fun scenes to the book. 

Readers catch up a bit with Pepper and Rhett from IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET in ON THE CORNER OF FOREVER AND ALWAYS, but each book is a standalone read.  ON THE CORNER OF FOREVER AND ALWAYS is a must read if you are looking for great characters, a terrific story and some fun laughs.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=1455568724&asins=1455568724&linkId=81341fcee5225e9ff0dcb72cdeeadb67&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>

Sunday, January 14, 2018

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE by Jenn McKinlay



Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     September 26, 2017
ISBN:        978-0399584749
Genre:      Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FOUR-1/2 HEARTS   


Carly DeCusati is happy with her life.  She does what she wants, when she wants, how she wants and who she wants.  Yes, who she wants.  Well, at least she was happy with her life.  With the loss of her job she has to move back to her home town of Bluff Point, at least for the near future.  And that’s not exactly happy news.  She arrives just as her parents are leaving for Florida for the foreseeable future and she’s left living with her younger sister, Gina.  Her relationship with Gina takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level and it’s not pretty.   Oh, and just before her move back to Bluff Point her elderly neighbour in Brooklyn died and left her her parrot, Ike and elderly lab, Saul.  For someone who is just not into commitment the dog and the bird are so not what she wants in her life.  At least she’s still foot loose and fancy free, right?  But that’s about to change.

James Sinclair has loved one woman for just about his whole life.  He saw her once 11 years ago and it was love at first site.  When he sees her again he knows that this time he can’t let her get away.  The thing is, the woman he can’t live without has no interest in a happily ever after.  And to make matters worse, he has secrets, secrets that will send her running as fast as she can from Bluff Point.

I was thrilled when I saw that Jenn McKinlay was starting to write romance and enjoyed the first book in her Bluff Point series, ABOUT A DOG.  ABOUT A DOG was a cute story, more chik litish than contemporary romance and the characters seemed to be a bit juvenile.  McKinlay not only hit her stride in her most recent book in this series, BARKING UP THHE WRONG TREE, she surpassed herself.  She definitely proves the old adage about the spicy woman beneath the stern librarian’s demeanour!  While reading more than one scene I had an image of McKinlay whipping off a pair of practical glasses, shaking out a bun and letting loose.  She writes a toe curling love scene.

There are hints of Angie and Mel from McKinlay’s cupcake series in the personalities of the Maine Crew, but they are definitely their own characters.  Carly goes though some nice and believable changes in the story.  As her history comes out the reader can see how and why she made the choices she did. 

James is intense in his feelings for Carly, but is in no way an alpha male which was nice for a change of pace.  I liked Pops and the Sinclair family.  They were a hoot.  There is some nice catching up with Mac and Gavin. 

Most of all I loved Ike and Saul.  Ike was just a really fun character and added some awesome humor to the story.

The books are stand alones and can be read out of order because McKinlay gives enough back story to catch you up. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0399584749&asins=0399584749&linkId=db53a4f9d2a0d55adf5436ea0914db75&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>
 

Friday, January 12, 2018

THE TEDDY BEAR CLUB by Sean Michael



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: October 10, 2017
Contemporary
Audio Book

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher


Rating: 3.5 Hearts
 

At the latest meeting of single fathers Aiden is introduced to the newcomer named Devon and the two strike up a friendship. Aiden has two girls of his own and Devon’s little one is slightly younger than his baby making it easy for Aiden to help and to understand what Devon is going through.  As their friendship grows so do their problems. Can Devon find his sister and keep the baby out of his mother’s hands or will she succeed in not only taking the baby but also ruining the budding relationship he has with Aiden?  Can these two single fathers find a way to enjoy fatherhood as well as each other?

Narrator John Solo breathes life into these characters and their world. As I listened along I was immediately caught up in the lives of Aiden and Devon.  Being a single father is hard work and any help along the way is great. Devon is so happy to be invited to the meetings at the local coffee shop with the other gay fathers and his friendship with Aiden is a plus.  Devon and Aiden’s story is a sweet one. Their friendship deepens as they spend more time together. The children play a prominent role in this story and we get to see how the men interact with them as well as other men.  It was nice to see Devon find his bearings and begin to trust himself as a father with Aiden’s help. Emotions are strong in this book and you can feel it between the men and their children as well as what they begin to have for each other.

It was nice to go along for the ride with Devon and Aiden. I was quickly immersed in their story and would love to see more from the rest of the men in the group.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 <iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=163533652X&asins=163533652X&linkId=971341c2d778523ad25eec6aa49b3b79&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann Krentz



Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     January 2, 2018
ISBN:        978-0399585272
Genre:      Romantic Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

THREE HEARTS 



Twenty years ago cult leader Quintin Zane caused death and destruction of the compound he built…the compound where he, in essence, held his followers captive. A short time later Zane himself died in a boating accident…or did he?

In the years that followed the children who escaped the inferno Zane brought about grew up.  But their demons grew with them.  The demons instilled in their minds by Zane.  Each found a modicum of peace in their own way, but they never forgot.  Virginia Troy turned to art as a dealer.  Cabot Sutter turned to law enforcement.  Hannah Brewster began to paint…over and over the night of the fire and destruction of the compound.  While she brings those paintings to Virginia, they are nothing anyone would really want to buy, unless they are into a horrific display of death and destruction.  And then one night, Quintin returns…and once again destroys.

I was eager to dig into Jayne Ann Krenz’s newest read, PROMISE NOT TO TELL.  I was, sadly, disappointed and spent some time deciding if it was a 2-1/2 or 3 heart read.  The writing is good.  No rambling, no head hops, it reads really well. 

The story line really pulled me in.  The whisper of a resurrected cult or its leader, a series of mysterious deaths, a woman determined to find the truth.   There was pretty much non-stop action from the opening scene until the very end. 

It was very much the way I felt about Krenz’s earlier book, SECRET SISTERS.  There were several scenes when I felt like I was re-reading SECRET SISTERS because of the setting and actions of the characters.  It IS a different book, just very similar.  The other thing that turned me off is the “cliffhanger” ending – which is no real ending at all.  While it worked well in the ‘80’s on Dallas with “who killed JR”, those kinds of “wait till the next book to find out the answer” does not work well in books, at least for me.  Rather it makes it look like the author is doing it just to get the reader to buy the next book. 

When I picked up PROMISE NOT TO TELL I did not realize it was the second book in a series. Krentz tells the story, however, so that it is a standalone.  There is just enough of the backstory to Cutler, Sutter and Salinas that you feel you know the three principals.  She does tell a good story. 


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=regatayl-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0399585273&asins=0399585273&linkId=cc6e2cb33c82d6eb2da0a717dc4242c4&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>