I was excited for this book, so I pre-ordered and woke up early (5:30 am) and skipped my workout to to read it. LoL! I’m really torn on how to rate it. The first 30%, I wasn’t too optimistic that I was going to like this installment. I felt there was too much internal monologue—and it could be a personal thing, because I’m not a fan of this. But then the book picked up and I couldn’t put it down. I did stumble some along the way. The interruption of one chapter shifting to a different scene when there was anticipation of action at the end of the previous one somehow messed with the momentum. Also, I felt Dani and Ryodan’s relationship jumped to a declaration of love too fast, I was taken aback. If Ryodan wasn’t such a badass, I would have thought it was too emo-boy and sort of out of character. However, I was thrilled with Dani’s transformation to her ultimate potential. I thought that storyline went very well. So, I would say 3 stars for 50% and then 5 stars for the rest for a 4 star average rating. What I didn’t like: Highlight for spoiler: […]
Captive Lies was a “turning point” book. I wanted to explore my writing voice, to see where I could improve and to figure out what could be holding me back. I have always written what I wanted which was why quitting my day job wasn’t in my immediate future. 😉 Let me backtrack a bit. Writing Fire & Ice started out as an accident. I’d been reading about amazing alpha male heroes but they were always getting paired with doormat heroines and I got frustrated. Out of that frustration, I wrote the first five chapters of F&I and sent it to my friend and forgot about it. A couple of weeks later, she emailed me back and asked me where the rest of the manuscript was. And I thought, really? Someone wanted to read it? I went ahead plotting and writing the rest of it, googling editors and sending it off to one I found. No way was I publishing unedited work. I got good feedback as well as critique. I had a male editor, and he thought Jack was a wooden character, but he liked Maia and my plot was well-paced. Made some adjustments and the rest, as they say, […]
*3.75* Here’s the thing. I loved Devil in Spring. It was in the top five of my 2017 reads. I had high hopes for this one, thinking Lisa Kleypas has gotten her groove back because the first two Ravenels were an uneven experience for me. Hello Stranger was well-written and it was obvious that a lot of research has gone into it. The beginning was promising, I especially loved how Ethan watched over Garrett, and there was a scene where he taught her self-defense that was cute, funny and hot. I did have an issue with the heroine “somewhat” the pursuer of the relationship, but make no mistake that Ethan was already smitten with Garrett, but there were circumstances that stopped him from being with her. There was no relationship angst that I felt and I’m a lover of angst. I think where the book kind of stalled for me was the abundance of medical play by play. A bit too much information for me to process when there was a conspiracy plot already going on. I did like that tidbit about blood types though. All in all, I did like this installment, but I didn’t love it. Ethan and […]
*4.25* Oh, the delicious angst. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book because from the blurb, we’re going to have a pining heroine, but the second chance aspect drew me in. I couldn’t put the book down from page 1. The flashbacks didn’t bother me and helped build such endearing characters. I loved Daisy despite me wanting her to really hook up with some other guy when Quinn was being an ass. But the author’s writing was so good, I kind of understood her and I felt her pain. Quinn took waaaay too long to get his act together. And so, the cheating (also warned in the blurb) happened when it shouldn’t, and the fall out ensued that hurt Daisy. I think that was what pissed me off the most. I did enjoy his semi-groveling afterward. Now, when I have to make excuses for conflict because of their age,it affects my enjoyment of the book. However, I’m seeing so much growth in Field’s writing and I love the way she weaves the angst in her books and still create such likable characters that I sure will be clicking her next book. re: Toby and Pippa => I […]
*4.5* This is one of the most well-written HP romances I’ve read. The characters are very rich, especially Raul. He was ruthless in the beginning, but the way he cared for Luisa made me swoon. I like it when a hero doesn’t know he is falling in love and then when it hits him … 🙂 Deducting half a star for Luisa’s insecurities, but she was still a very likable heroine.
*4.25* I was so glad I read this. I have never read this author before and I’m finding how I like her writing. I was immediately drawn to Megan from the very first scene. It’s refreshing to be compelled to read a book because of the heroine, and although Theo was mysterious, I still felt Megan was the central character. Theo was rude, but it didn’t bother me because I kinda knew he was hiding something. There were clues from the beginning of the book so I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be the mystery. What I really loved and helped me accept what he was doing was that Megan did not take his crap and yet she gave him enough chances to explain his actions. I find I have a lot of leeway for asshole heroes as long as the heroine is not a doormat. I really thought this would be a five-star book. There was humor, and a smattering of poignant moments and definitely more than a touch of paranormal. What I didn’t like was the way everything was resolved. There was the revelation, and then an event that was another coincidence and then when that […]
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Links: US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073CZW7HQ UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073CZW7HQ AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/B073CZW7HQ Book Blurb: I awoke amidst chaos. With no memory or name and no one to trust. I held the key that could bring down a cartel kingpin. If only I could remember. I realized I was a known target to El Segador. “The Reaper.” The Mexican cartel’s deadliest hitman. He toyed with me and bided his time to kill me. But amnesia and an assassin weren’t the end of my problems. I was pregnant. Two men claimed to be the father. And as I started to remember, I questioned the type of men I had let into my body. One of them had an agenda. Despite the other’s current overprotectiveness and caring, my fractured memories revealed a contemptuous asshole. To save myself and my unborn child, I needed to put my faith in one of them. But which one? * Explicit sexual content and strong language. May be read as a standalone.
I haven’t updated in a while. I’ve had two releases since Deadly Obsession. A Love For Always is Nate and Sylvie’s book and is the last book in the Always series and could be read as a standalone. Fighting Chance is the first book in my exciting new series set in a small town with not-so-small-town intrigue. The next book, Saving Grace will be out by mid-June. Stay tuned!! 🙂