Book Review Romance & Revenge by Laina Turner

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Author: Laina Turner
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Chick Lit
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and while Presley is always willing to help a friend, she is also hoping it will take her mind off obsessing over Cooper.

Presley and Cooper are on a break or are they broken up? It was never really clarified and she just found out he’s in town and he hasn’t called. Is he avoiding her? What does that mean?

In Romance and Revenge, Presley has to solve a murder. The bookkeeper her friend Jard’s company has been murdered, and on top of that, someone is trying to sabotage the company. Jared asks Presley for help, and of course Presley agrees to help. There’s also a romantic storyline, but the book focuses  the most on solving the case.

Presley is an intriguing character, engaging and intelligent. I often read cozy mysteries where the truth stares into the heroine’s face for a while before she realizes it, and that makes the heroine come across as rather stupid, but Presley isn’t anything like that at all.

The story and plot were great, and I enjoyed the book from start to end. It’s a fast but fun read.

Book Review and Giveaway for I Am Ella. Buy Me. by Joan Ellis

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Author: Joan Ellis

Genre: Humor / Chick lit / Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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‘I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.’

Ella David is Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men.

Working in Soho’s mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella is a rare beast – a woman in a man’s world, dodging her sleazy boss, Peter.

Based on Joan’s experiences in Soho’s mad, bad Adland, this fast-paced, funny tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals
and lust is a must. Thankfully, Ella knows love is more powerful but can two unlikely friendships help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?

I Am Ella. Buy Me. is the story of Ella, a woman who struggles to find out what she wants in life. She works as a copywriter, but gets anything but fulfillment from her job. Her boss is constantly harrassing her, trying to get her into his bed, and Ella has trouble continuing to deny his advances when he gets more and more persistent. Ella’s world ranges from frustrating to hilarious. The 80s form an interesting setting, with sexism, the power of money, and lack of morality. This is one of the first books I’ve read set in that time period, and it’s a real eye-opener.

The writing is down-to-earth, not too fancy, but this style makes it easier to relate to the characters, in particular Ella, and her two unlikely friends, who each add a different layer to the story. Ella also has some love troubles – she’s in love with Tom, an up-and-coming rock star, but the rock lifestyle might make his morals more questionable than she’d like to believe.

Yet despite all the drama and frustration, Ella is still just the girl-next-door. She could be anyone, which makes it so easy to connect with her as a reader. She’s just an ordinary person.

This is a hilarious chick lit novel that I would highly recommend if you want to have a laugh, or if you want to find a character you can easily connect with.


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Book Review A Dead End in Vegas by Irene Woodbury

DeadEndVegasTitle: A Dead End in Vegas
Author: Irene Woodbury
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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When the nude body of Dave Sloan’s wife, Tricia, is found dead at the Bellagio in Vegas, he’s stunned.  Why was she even there when she told him she was going to a conference in Phoenix?  Tricia Sloan’s mysterious death shatters, and later transforms, the lives of those closest to her.

In A Dead End in Vegas, we meet Dave Sloan, who is leaving for the airport when we first meet him. He’s ready to pick up his wife, Tricia, when he gets a phone call from the Las Vegas cops, who tell them his wife’s nude body was found that very morning in a hotel room.

Dave didn’t even have a clue his wife wasn’t at the teacher’s conference in Phoenix, like she told him. Instead, she drove to Vegas to meet with a man she met through the internet, a man who was married none the less. And then the next morning, she’s found, murdered.

Tricia’s death changes the lives of everyone around her – her husband starts looking for revenge, even growing obsessed with it. Her close friend, Sally, tries to overcome her grief at losing her. Tricia’s early demise is the keystone that sets it all rolling, and the reader gets to watch as lives are shattered and some people find love in the unlikeliest of places.

The focus isn’t so much on who killed Tricia, as it is in how everyone deals with what happened, exploring the aftermath of such life-changing events for Tricia’s husband, Dave, and for everyone else closely connected to her. The characters are easy to relate to, but at the same time, they’re dark, consumed by either grief or guilt, and that has a way of leaving scars, even on the reader. This isn’t a light read, or one you can just put down, and then stop reading. It’s a novel that grips you by the throat and doesn’t let you go until the very last page.

Book Review: Denim & Diamonds by Lori Robinett

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Author: Lori Robinett
Genre: Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Attorney Beth Jameson might know her way around the courtroom, but doesn’t know a cutting horse from a carousel horse. That doesn’t slow her down when her estranged father dies and leaves her his horse ranch just south of Kansas City. True to form, the gift comes with strings attached – she has to be successful in her first year, or she loses her inheritance. All of it.

Beau, the handsome ranch foreman, was her father’s right hand man, but she must convince him that she’s in it for the long haul – that she isn’t just some city girl that doesn’t respect her father’s legacy. She has to learn the business from the ground up, and must learn to trust others – not an easy thing for a woman who was abandoned by her father and then by her ex-fiancé. Beth can’t believe how quickly the ranch becomes home, and how hard she is willing to work to make it hers . . . and learns that everyone deserves a second chance at happiness.

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Denim & Diamonds starts out strong, by introducing us to main character Beth Jameson, who I liked right away. She’s an attorney who inherits a ranch from her estranged father when he passes away. She knows nothing about horses, but if she isn’t successful in the first year, then she’ll lose all of her inheritance.

Luckily, she gets some help from Beau, the handsome ranch foreman, who worked alongside her father. But Beau suspects she’s just in it for the money, not for the long haul, and he has little patience for the stuck up city girl. And if she fails, then he gets to have the ranch for himself – so the stakes are high.

Beth, from her side, needs to learn to rely on others and trust them, instead of doing everything herself. If they both want this partnership to work, they’ll need to learn to work together and trust each other.

The writing is great, and the characters are complex and intriguing. I especially liked Beth – she’s a strong woman, who can stand up for herself, and who won’t take crap from anyone. While the plot isn’t that original, it is engaging, and the characters make the book worthwile. A solid read for fans of romance and women’s fiction.

Book Review: Even Hippies Get The Blues by Michel Lee King

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Author: Michel Lee King
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Genre: Humorous Romance/Literary Humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“Sometimes peace can only come through chaos.”

Amy thought she had it all together. Her goals were set and she was working toward them seamlessly while practicing her peace-loving philosophy.

Her world of blissful ignorance crumbles when Travis, a blond paramedic with a body that can stop a truck, waltzes in to open her eyes… Just after Murphy, and his pesky law, paint a target on her back.

How many times can a waitress be interrogated in one day? Just how much orange acrylic paint can get caught in dreads before an interview? How does one retain their composure while dripping paint nude in their living room and staring down a trespassing police officer?

In Even Hippies  Get The Blues, Amy’s life philosophy is simple: keep working in the diner she works at, even though it’s a low-paying job, her boss is disrespectful, her colleague hates her and the food tates horrible, but it’s a way to pay the bills and help her achieve what she really wants, namely to become a full-time artist, and to earn sufficient money with her art to support herself.

She’s quite happy with life. It’s not perfect, but art helps her through the darker days. But then she meets Travis, a hot blond paramedic who makes her heart pick up a beat. Only problem? Travis has a girlfriend. And then there’s also a police officer who takes an interest in her, but Amy isn’t sure if she can trust his intentions.

I liked Amy. Her hippie lifestyle was actually pretty entertaining. She’s clearly a peace-loving person, who would do anything to avoid confrontation. On the one hand, this makes her friends upset, because they wished she’d grow a spine. On the other hand, this also makes her intriguing because honestly, we don’t have a lot of people like Amy anymore. She’s a rare gem. People often judge her on appearance, calling her ‘dirty hippie’ and stuff, and she takes it. That takes courage.

The relationship between Amy and Travis was so-so for me. I got the feeling I never really got to know Travis. It’s not exactly insta-love, but it got close. And as the book progressed, I wanted to know more about Travis and his personality. We did get to know him better, but not as well as I would’ve liked.

Solid writing, interesting main character, and a romantic plot that has a few original elements, and was definitely entertaining. If you like contemporary romance or women’s fiction, give this book a try.


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Book Review: A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

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Author: Victoria Bernadine

Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip. After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus. Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.

Manny has spent the last fifteen years being a good person, and doing everything everyone asked from her. She focused on her career, but when a promotion passes her by at work, she figures out she’s worn nothing but dull grey for the past fifteen years, and she doesn’t have a lot to look forward to in life, something snaps. She quits her job, sells her house, cashes in her pension, and places an ad for a travelling companion. Zeke, a cynical blogger for an e-magazine, decides to join her on her travels, even if it’s just to expose her true goal – according to him – which would be to reclaim her lost youth. The two of them leave for a six month roadtrip across the country, in a quest for Manny to rediscover herself.

Usually protagonists tend to be below thirty, or if they’re above that age, for some reason most of them are cynical or satirical. Not Manny. She may be a bit bitter at the start – and with good reason – she quickly turns into a joyful, humorous, entertaining person. Manny’s fears seem all too real, and her sudden decision is pretty brave. I instantly liked her for it. Zeke was tougher to like, mainly because his intentions at the start weren’t all that nice. He wanted to use Manny and simply a character to write about.

It was great to see their bond grow though, and the more time they spent together on the journey, the more he came to respect her, and found himself unable to write the hurtful things he was planning to write. That just goes to show we can’t judge people by their appearance, or how they act at first.

There are plenty of different storylines going on, with Manny’s friend and sister, Rebecca and Daisy, for instance. They each have troubles of their own and things to deal with. That’s what I like the most about this book – it talks about problems all of us will face, in form or another, sooner or later, but does so in a humorous, relaxing way.

A great read with lots of humor (like Manny’s imaginary boyfriend, Harvey) and some great life lessons thrown in along the way.


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