Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Review : The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White




He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared ... 

But Detective Angie Pallorino never forgot the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victim’s foreheads. 

When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?
Then the body of a drowned young woman floats up in the Gorge, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake lose some unsettling secrets about her own past . . . 

How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie? 



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Review


This is my first book from Loreth Anne White and now I'm wondering why I've never read any of her books before!Romantic Suspense books are a dime a dozen, but very few manage to capture my attention this way and suck me in with the writing!
This book had me hooked from the first line - "We all lie."

The atmosphere that the author has created is truly beautiful in its cold iciness and bursts of warmth.I loved the flawed,realistic and amazing characters!I can't even begin to describe how much I loved Angie.She is feisty and smart, but at times impulsive with her anger issues,past hurts and desire to have control.I totally relate with her anger towards all the sex offenders, especially ones that target innocent children.Just reading about it makes my blood boil.I can't imagine working everyday with it surrounding you!
Then there is James Maddock, a new homicide detective.Its basically a step down for him, but he took this position to re-connect with his daughter.Like he says, a shrink would have a field day with him.Though both him and Angie are quite different, they have many similarities too, with the way their work takes precedence over family,how it affects them, and the loneliness that haunts them.

From the narrative and plot I could see that the author has done lots of research.Its realistic when it comes to investigative and forensic procedure without seeming like an info dump.The setting with the cold winter in Victoria was perfect!And the story doesn't just focus on the serial killer/rapist alone.There are a lot of plotlines seamlessly interwoven, that left me surprised!I loved the cast of characters and how we got a glimpse into their minds and their motivations-including the Baptist.

The mystery and suspense had me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.I finished it in one sitting and I literally couldn't put it down!But more than the storyline, I would like to appreciate how the author has beautifully combined a complex story, a chilly atmosphere, flawed and complex characters with interwoven relationships and development that shines!I don't think my review does this book justice!
But I'm so glad I came across this book and discovered this author's works!I'll be counting down the days till The Lullaby Girl releases and till then I'll be happily devouring her other works! :D

About The Author



Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. 

A three-time RITA finalist, she has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall, in addition to being a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. 

A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she’s not writing, you will find her skiing, biking, or hiking the trails with her Black Dog. 



Book Review : The Wrong Kind Of Compatible by Kadie Scott





Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.
For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

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Review

My favorite kind of romances are ones with geeks and nerds in them.It's really so cute with them!But a common stereotype that is found usually are blushing,stammering,inexperienced characters.I'm so glad that the author avoided that!

Our main character is Cassie who is super-intelligent and feisty, but has no control over the way her thoughts come out of her mouth directly!Lol!She's a master at her work, but now her company has assigned a new analyst to work with her.And if that isn't enough to annoy her, he's hot as hell and has her feeling things she'd rather not be feeling..

Drew has been sent undercover into Data Minds to uncover the truth behind some of their shady dealings.And he's adept at computers, but not at charming people with his social skills.And to complicate matters is the attraction that he feels for Cassie.But what will happen when he finds out who is behind the stuff happening?Could it be Cassie?Would it destroy the relationship that he's managed to build with her?

Both Cassie and Drew were really amazing protagonists!Both had their fair share of issues to work through.Though Cassie is super talented, she still fares pretty low by her family standards, due to the work that she does.But I loved how by the end, her mother still helped her out emotionally!Family is family. :)
Drew was also super cool.He was steadfast in his decision to not suspect Cassie in the beginning.But, it was so stupid when he suspected her!He could have atleast asked about it!But, they managed to sort it out in the end!
I really loved the banter between them and their exchange of nerdy,double innuendos!It had me giggling!Neither of them were too shy.They were realistic!I love how they went after what they wanted!

So, if you're looking for a light hearted,sweet romance with two awesome geeks, I'd suggest this one!You will definitely enjoy it!

Excerpt


It took Cassie all of five steps away from him for Drew to move.

He was crossing a dangerous line, or on a slippery slope, or whatever other cliché you wanted to throw at the situation. He could’ve held on. After a week of ignoring every instinct he had that screamed at him to spend time with Cassie, get to know her better, and—hell, yes—kiss her a lot more, he’d thought he could make it through the investigation. After everything was over, then he could approach her.

But no way could he watch her walk away after every spark of hope in her stunning eyes had died. Stealing candy from a baby while kicking puppies and burning a hole in the ozone layer couldn’t even feel this horrible.

“Cassie.” Her name tumbled off his lips even before he’d made a final decision, or maybe his heart made it for him. No brain required.

She glanced over her shoulder, her hand on the doorknob, and raised her eyebrows.

Words failed sometimes.

Instead, Drew stalked across the room, enjoying how her eyes widened with every purposeful step he took. She turned to face him fully just as he invaded her space. Drew stepped close enough to feel her heat, relishing the faint gasp that parted her lips. He leaned into her, hand on the door behind her to ensure it stayed closed.

He gazed down into bright blue-green eyes, where a wary spark of hope had ignited, and scoured his brain for a smooth, suck-the-breath-out-of-her-lungs, thing to say. Inspiration struck and he smiled even as he spoke the words. “I’d like to unzip your files.”

She froze and blinked up at him so long Drew started to worry she didn’t get it. They hadn’t had any word play all week. Well, she’d tried, and he’d ignored. But this one was out of context, right out of the blue. Maybe…

Cassie burst out laughing, deep belly laughs that he couldn’t resist chuckling along with, even though he wasn’t quite sure yet if she was laughing at him or with him.

“That has to be the nerdiest pickup line in history.”

Drew grinned back like a moron, and relief whooshed through him as two things became evident. First, she got it. Second, she seemed receptive given the big smile and sparkly eyes, along with the fact that she wasn’t running away screaming.

"Did it work?" 

Meet the Author


Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review : Dating The Wrong Mr.Right by Amanda Ashby


Dating the Wrong Mr. Right

by Amanda Ashby

Publication Date : June 19th 2017

Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Pepper Watson has lost everything–her job, her fiancé, and the future she’d so carefully planned. Now she’s back at Wishing Bridge trying to figure out her next step. Her new plan does not include the ever-so-sexy Ben Cooper. Nope. She’s getting her life back on track, and getting out of this little town as fast as possible. 

Ben Cooper is doing his best to build his business and help his parents. The last thing he needs is the distraction that is Pepper Watson. She might be prickly every time he’s in her presence, but he sees another side of her. The side that has set aside her dreams to help her sisters. And then there’s the fact that kissing her is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to him. 

He’s putting down roots. She’s running away. It’s going to take more than a wish for these two to find their happily ever after.

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REVIEW

I absolutely love this series from Amanda Ashby!Each book focuses on one of the three sisters, completely different in personalities, but brought together by the aunt who raised them and the Wishing Bridge Farm.

Pepper is the one who has had her life planned out since childhood itself.And everything was going well, till it went off track!She was an awesome lawyer and on the track to making partner, with a fiance, till both her job and relationship were gone, thanks to the dirtball of her (now)ex-fiance.
So, she has no choice but to return to Wishing Bridge and plan out her next step.In the meanwhile, she tries to help her sisters out with the farm and the marriage.
Pepper's quite different from her sisters- the homely Emmy and the wildchild Bec.She's intelligent,driven and likes to be in control, with a plan.But, now that all her carefully constructed plans are crumbling down, she might have to learn to let go of the reins a bit, and take life as it comes.

Then there's Ben Cooper or Coop, who's been a longtime friend of the sisters and is trying to help out his parents and build his business.He's had his fair share of struggles and a difficult past.He and Pepper have never had the best relationship, but he sees her like noone else does.And the more time they spend together, the closer they get.But, Pepper's plan has always been to leave Sunshine and Coop is happy where he is.What will happen when Pepper's stay comes to an end?

I loved the attraction between Pepper and Coop and the way their relationship developed!He's quite direct in his approach and admissions.And Pepper needed a guy who will make her see what she truly needs, and stand by her.So they were perfect for each other!I loved seeing the sisters and other residents of Sunshine again.I'm so sad to see this series end, but quite happy with the way it was settled!And I'm glad that everyone is happy and content.Makes me actually want to visit a town like Sunshine! <3

You can also find my review of Falling For The Best Man here.

ABOUT AMANDA ASHBY


Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

She also runs writing workshops and loves to speak to people about Buffy (er, she means writing). See her Website for more information.

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Book Review And Giveaway : Fallen Flame by J.M.Miller


Title: Fallen Flame
Series: Fallen Flame #1
Author: J.M. Miller
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Cover Photo and Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Cover Model: Jenessa Andrea


Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?
Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him. 
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him. She fears finding out who she truly is.






Reviewer - “I loved this unique magical story from beginning to end. The easy pace really made it hard for me to stop, I could have easily finished this book in a day. But the way it was written with the steady flow of information really kept me at the easy pace.”

Blog Review - “Fantastical, Mystical, Magical!! Book One in the Fallen Flame series, and it is a great start. J. M. Miller has a wonderful imagination to create the wonderful world of Garlin.”

A great start to a fantastic, new YA fantasy series from J.M.Miller!

I'd read her rom-com - Spied last year and I'd loved it!I hadn't expected that she'd work equally well in the fantasy genre too!
She has created a completely original and fascinating world in this book, and it was amazing to read about!
This book had well-developed and intriguing characters, tons of action,secrets and twists with a dash of romance!

Vala was born with charred skin that made her look as if she was burnt!Her touch can burn others and though water hurts her,she has to regularly go through the pain to relieve the pressure.Though others have always been apprehensive of her, through her dedication and hardwork she has worked her way upto the head guard position for the prince.Though they are wary of her,they want her on their side, and she is happy to have a purpose.But it all starts to go wrong when the High Princess and her mother arrive to Garlin to perhaps work on a marriage with the prince and an alliance.An assassination attempt is made, and she encounters the assassin who has skin just like her.But is he really the enemy? 
The Queen blames her for this and punishes her too.This along with the need to uncover more about herself and her heritage pushes Vala down a path she may never be able to turn back from!

I really liked Vala as a protagonist!She was smart,loyal and strong.But, she desires to know more about herself and why she is different from others. She was careful in the beginning, but as time went I felt like she began to slip.But that was understandable as time and again she was thrown into unprecedented situations.She only had a few people truly on her side, and that was quite sad in the beginning!
I guess it was implied that she loved the prince, but I never felt it.And his character was kind of a weak point anyway.Quite disappointing.
I really loved Vala and her developing relationship with Xavyn!He was a really interesting one and I love their exchanges!He is quite helpful, but has his own things to look after too!
I dont want to give anymore of the plot away, but the story and writing was really good with the action and the twists!My favorite part was the world building!Its very imaginative and beautiful!The characters could definitely use a little bit more development though.

The ending was awesome and left me wanting more!Can't wait to read book 2!
P.S. I just looked through J.M.Miller's works and realised that she has a varied list of books in many genres!I'll be definitely reading those while waiting for the next in the series!



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While the tingles in my red-orange skin slowly ascended into pain, the air biting as everything started to reform, a hard clanking noise outside the back door drew my attention. I slid into my thin underclothes, grabbed hold of my sword, then rushed toward the door. Knowing that sound was out of the ordinary, I was prepared to scour the garth and small area of trees behind the house, even search the neighbors’ land to find the cause. I hadn’t expected to open the door and find Xavyn standing a mere foot away, hood drawn and arms crossed as if I’d kept him waiting too long at the narrow back doorstep.I pointed my sword toward his chest and glanced around him, scanning the darkness. “What are you doing here?”“Following up.” The words were slow. As his hand reached up and removed the hood, his human eyes traversed my face, swallowing the details of my reforming skin in an intense, almost penetrating way.I realized then that I had no cloak, no mask. And for some reason, I wondered if I should take the time of throwing them on … before ending his life. He’d seen me in this state on Prince’s Night, but that was an instant, a moment amid darkness and chaos. Not this closely. I growled at him, digging the tip of my blade into the black leather at his chest, my regrowth pain dissolving as my anger took control.“Are you going to let me in or would you rather call attention to your treason?” he asked, his voice still holding a softness that grated me.“Quit staring at me that way and you can come in.”








J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.
When she isn't busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review : I'm Not In The Band by Amber Garza


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Nerd.

New girl.

He just thinks she's beautiful...

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Summary

 I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one. But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way. 
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

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Review

A very cute and sweet YA read!I usually don't read too many YA books these days, but this one's blurb caught my eye and my interest was piqued!And after recognizing the author's name I realized that I'd read a few books of hers.And her book Tripping Me Up was a favorite of mine when I'd read it a few years back!

I'm Not In The Band was also really good and different from the usually boring contemporary YA books.Because,other than a few exceptional books by Kasie West,Morgan Maston, Jenn Bennett,Deb Caletti and such none have really caught my attention.
INitB has refreshing and original characters whom I grew to love!Archer has always lived in his famous brother's shadow and is tired of people coming close to him with an agenda.So he's surprised to meet Kassidy, at one of his brother's concerts, who isn't interested in his brother or him for the benefits.Kassidy has her own issues to deal with from her past, and is quite wary of letting people in.
But they were really cute together!You can expect a little bit of the usual teen drama -  jealousy,ex issues,mean girls,etc- but without too much angst!
Each character had their own set of things to work through, and the author handled it quite brilliantly!I really liked the development of the characters too!So,if you're looking for feel good,cute YA read with refreshing characters and amazing writing, I'd suggest this one!Do give it a try!

Excerpt

“Hey.” 
He pushes off the van and takes a few steps toward me. 
 We’re so close I can smell traces of soap and mint toothpaste.
“Hey,” I respond.
Way to be original, Kass.
“You made it.”
 He rubs the back of his neck with his hand. I laugh without meaning to.
 “Well, I didn’t really have a choice. It is the first day of school, and I do go here now…” 
The words trail off as I realize I’m being rude. His cheeks redden. 
“Yeah, I guess that was a stupid thing to say. I just meant that you made it early…to meet me…” Shaking his head, he says, “Man, I’m usually so smooth.”
 My head spins. I’m not the type of girl that makes guys nervous. Sophie and Kate make guys nervous. I make them comfortable. It’s why I get friend-zoned so early on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve liked a guy, thinking they liked me, only to find out later that they had a crush on Kate or one of my other friends, and they were using me to get close to them because I was the approachable one. 
 “Hopefully you’re smoother than this when you spit,” I joke, remembering last night’s text.
 My pulse skitters beneath my flesh. I’m not usually flirty. 
 “Oh. Right.” 
He laughs, running a hand through his hair. 
 “You’re not chickening out, are you?”
 Raising an eyebrow, I cross my arms over my chest. What has gotten into me?
“Never. I just need a minute to prepare.”
 He rolls his shoulders, stretching his neck from side to side as if preparing for a race.
 “Okay. Okay. I think I got it.”
 Bouncing his head up and down, he starts. 
“Uh uh, yo. First day of school, chilling with Kassidy. If I was allergic to hot girls, then I would sneeze. My name is Archer, my rhymes are fire. We can go on a date, if you so desire.”
 My face flames. Is he serious? His teasing smile makes it impossible to tell.

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About Amber Garza


Amber Garza currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review : One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin



One S’more Summer 
Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series, #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.
For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.
Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.
When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?

REVIEW

What a great debut novel! I really loved this one! I honestly hadn't expected much when I went in, and I am really glad that this one surprised me! :D

Gigi was a really interesting main character! A little difficult to relate with and like in the beginning perhaps, but one that you can't help loving in the end! She's in love with her best friend Alicia's fiance, and despite everything between them, it looks like he's getting married to Alicia.Gigi can't fess up and face her BFF,  nor does she want to attend the wedding. So when she loses her job too, she decides to take up the head counselor position at Camp Chinooka, the place that gave her some of the best memories of her childhood!

So not only does she have to navigate new waters, guide young kids hell bent on mischief and figure out a way to get her life back on track, she also has the annoying Perry Gillman to deal with! 
My favorite part about this book was the character development that Gigi goes through!It was amazing to see that happening! Beth Merlin's writing is also really great with the way she combines character growth, romance, humor and drama. Perry was another amazing character and the way their relationship evovles from good natured rivalry to a beautiful romance was beautiful to see!The camp life and the customs with the set of secondary characters added more color to the story! 
The ending is pretty satisfactory and left loosely open.. Only after finishing it did I realise that this is a series! * facepalm *
And after I read the blurb of the second book, I've become even more antsy, because what just happened after book 1? Guess we'll have to wait for the next book!  :D

AUTHOR BIO 

 
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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