Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: The Breakdown

The Breakdown The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed The Breakdown. As I read through Cass Alexander's story, I was impressed with how well B.A.Paris wrote what we would call 'crazy' but for many is a sad reality of mental illness. There was a point where I felt it dragged and I was tired of the same plot line but I persisted. And... I'm so glad I did! I enjoyed the reveal. I enjoyed the fallout. A really good psychological thriller that had my mouth dropping and finally chuckling. Very good ending. Worth the patience through the buildup. Thank you, Netgalley!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: The Visitors

The Visitors The Visitors by Catherine Burns
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The title suggested this would be so much more. Told from Marion's point-of-view, there is no rationale given for WHY John became a monster. For me, the story took life at 63%. I was glad to see Marion take control of her life. The ending was a shocker to me. I thought something else would happen.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. I didn't care for it but this is one single opinion. I am sure there will be many who will find it suspenseful.

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It's all about Chandra Sparks Splond's New Release: It's Like That

This book cover for It's Like That is All That and Then Some! Check it out.

About the Book

After suffering a tragic loss ten years ago, twenty-six-year-old Jasmine Richardson has traded her love of lyrics for writing legal briefs. It only takes one encounter with the microphone for Jasmine to realize the music is still in her heart—if only it could pay the bills. After making some bad decisions, Jasmine is thrown into a tailspin. She is forced to consider taking a case that could make her legal career from someone from her past. Suddenly, Jasmine finds herself questioning her future. When the music is still in your heart, sometimes life forces you to make some tough decisions. Sometimes…it’s like that.

About the Author

Chandra Sparks Splond is a blogger, editor, speaker and award-winning author. Her young adult novel Make It Work was selected as Alabama's Great Read 2017, Spin It Like That was chosen as a Popular Paperback for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and The Pledge was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She is also the author of Make It Work, He’s Got Game, The Promise, You’ve Gotta Have Faith, and The Greatest Gift of All. Splond is the owner of West End Publishing, LLC, and Live Life Creations, a personalized gift boutique. Her clients have included several New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestselling authors. In addition to working for Kensington Publishing as the consulting editor for Arabesque romance, Splond has also done work for Random House, Moody Publishers, Kimani Press (formerly known as BET Books), and Hyperion. She has also worked for Good Housekeeping, Black and Married with Kids, Brides Noir, Weddingpages, Newsday, The Morning Call and Romantic Times. Her award-winning blog, Book of Splond, helps African-American women balance faith, family and fiction. Splond graduated from Ramsay High School in Birmingham and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa with a degree in journalism. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Birmingham with her family and is a member of Forty-fifth Street Baptist Church. Visit her online at www.chandrasparkssplond.com.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Tempted by the Bridesmaid: Italian Royals

Tempted by the Bridesmaid: Italian Royals Tempted by the Bridesmaid: Italian Royals by Annie O'Neil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Tempted by the Bridesmaid, we meet Luca and Francesca. Luca is a physician who has to care for his orphaned niece. Francesca is a skilled physiotherapist who trains animals. This had such a great premise and great potential, which I feel the author could have really brought out but Tempted by the Bridesmaid had touching moments that kept me going until the HEA. Themes such as forgiveness, hope, second chances and a strong bond with family and relationships resonated within this read.
Best quotes:
"Isn't it better to know the truth than live a lie?"
"Destiny wasn't just something you haphazardly fell into. Destiny was something you shaped."
Thank you Harlequin and Netgalley for this ARC.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: Everything We Left Behind

Everything We Left Behind Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It takes skill to tell this story - one man's story from two point of views - and Kerry Lonsdale has that skill. I think this second book was way better than the first. Kerry Lonsdale took us from the present and the past as James gets to know himself and his two children. I was glad with how his character evolved. I enjoyed this story and am glad to see there will be a part 3. Very good read.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Everything We Keep had a Great beginning line. It captured me and drew me in. Then when I got to the big reveal and epilogue, I admit, I was a little letdown. Not because of the ending but because of the events around that major character. There was so many ways it could have been done. Overall, it was a good read. I just didn't fall in love the way I thought I would. I will be reading book 2.
Thank you Netgalley!

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