Review – Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster #callhermine @Melissafoster

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Author: Melissa Foster

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publishing Date: August 13, 2019

Rating: 4 ⭐️

 

Call Her Mine was a wonderful friends-to-lovers story, but it was also more than that. Ben and Aurelia have been friends for over a decade. They both have feelings for each other and neither one has been willing to risk their relationship to try for more. Aurelia is resigned to life in the friend zone and just as she is determined to put a little space between her and Ben, they find a baby on his doorstep. Ben is the supposed father and he really needs Aurelia’s help.

This is the catalyst for their new, romantic relationship. They are now navigating so many new facets to their relationship. Their relationship as lovers and now as coparents. In this instance, their solid foundation of friendship allowed for easing some of the tension brought on by these new circumstances. They are searching for answers together and falling in love with each other in a whole new way and learning to love another little person.

Foster made this about more than just romance. It was about friendship, family, commitment, compassion, and forgiveness. It was a nice, quick read.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Montlake Romance for my review copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Title: Thirteen

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Synopsis:

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

Review:

Thirteen was a great read. This book is part of the Eddie Flynn series. I have not read any of the previous books and this story stands well on its own.

 

Cavanagh instantly draws the reader into the mind of a serial killer – Kane. This perspective really made this story stand out for me. The shifting POV added to this story significantly. Kane is such a phenomenally developed character and Eddie Flynn moves the plot a long expertly.

 

Cavanagh’s descriptions and attention to detail are brilliant.  It was a very visceral reading experience. He had me cringing while simultaneously sitting on the edge of my seat.

 

There is so much description and that allowed for a thoroughly fleshed out character. Kane is very self aware. He knows that he is different, but very skilled at fitting in and portraying a normal, upstanding member of society.

 

This story is fast-paced. It flows well and Cavanagh builds excellent suspense. The author’s law background adds so much realism to his story. It’s not so heavy on the legal jargon that it is cumbersome to the reader, but it definitely lets you know that this author knows what he is talking about.

 

Thank you so much to Flatiron for reaching out to me to review this book. All opinions are my own. It was really a thrill to read.

Review – I Wanna Sext You Up by Evie Claire

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Author: Evie Claire
Publisher: Loveswept
Pub Date: August 20, 2019

Rating: 4 ⭐️

Links: Goodreads Amazon

Lorie has been rebuilding her life and reworking her dreams. She has goals and is focused and determined to advance as quickly as possible in a new career as a pharmaceutical sales rep. She gets assigned the tough, new doctor Saam Sherazi. He never has time for the sales pitch and is solely focused on his patients. In the beginning, he treats Lorie just as he has all of her sales team. A phone mix-up allows Lorie to get past his barriers. They have a lot of things in common and he loves that she isn’t interested in him just because of the M.D. behind his name.

These new feelings are unexpected and cause a lot of stress for Lorie. She doesn’t want to risk her job over what may be temporary feelings. The boundaries are hard to keep in place. The lines get blurred and redrawn. This was a fun, fast-paced workplace romance. Saam his direct and upfront about what he wants and Lorie is more resistant because she does have a lot more at stake. Their problems are real world, relatable and Lorie is strong and not willing to give up her dreams just to be with Saam. Saam is understandable and tries not to give up on Lorie.

Thank you Loveswept publishing and Netgalley for my ARC copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – Discretion by Karina Halle

discretionTitle: Deception (Dumont #1)

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publishing Date: August 6, 2019

Links: Goodreads, Amazon

Rating: 5 ⭐️

 

Sadie Reynolds is a college student that was previously traveling around Europe with her boyfriend. She found out he had been cheating on her. They part ways and she is on her own. On her way to catch a train to Barcelona she is mugged and a passing car stops to help her. Help comes in the form of a sexy, rich Frenchman, Olivier Dumonte. This pair has an instant connection.

 

These characters are layered and there are personal struggles that each character must work through. Sadie is not ready to take a chance on what they have. She is comfortable with where she is in life. Olivier has a lot of family dramas going on in his life. Some of it creates trouble for Sadie and Olivier.

 

There are some fantastic, steamy scenes. The story kept me entertained. I loved all of the secrets, drama, and intrigue. I kept trying to anticipate where the story was going and I couldn’t do it. It was a great read.

 

I can’t wait for more of the Dumont family. Karina Halle never disappoints.

 

Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for my advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own.

 

Review – A Pack of Love and Hate

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Title: A Pack of Love and Hate

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Rating: 5/5

Available July 30, 2019

Get a Copy: Amazon

 

This is the final book in this Trilogy and it did not disappoint. Each book I have ended up reading in a day. I just cannot put them down once I get started. Wildenstein’s writing keeps me hooked. I feel emotionally connected to the characters and completely enraptured in the world that she has created. I love all of the twists and turns in the story. There couldn’t be a more perfect ending. This review seems a little harder to write and I would hate to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at this.

 

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

 

ONLY ONE CAN WIN.

 

Volunteering to duel alongside Liam Kolane against the ruthless Creek Alpha could get Ness killed, but the alternative, leaving her hot-headed Alpha to die alone in the dueling ring isn’t an option. Not even when he places ridiculous conditions on her, like not spending time alone with August, her intended mate.

 

Ness didn’t want a mate, but that was before August stepped back into her life, before he picked up the scattered pieces of her heart. Between their shared history and the magical tether that binds them, Ness finds herself falling dangerously hard for the sexy shifter.

 

But Liam’s heart is on the line. A heart that still beats for Ness.

 

Only one man can win her love, the same way only one Alpha can rise from the duel.

 

Let the fight begin..

 

Thank you to Twig Publishing for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and I do truly love this series. If you love books by Sarah J. Maas, I also feel like you would these.

Review – A Pack of Blood and Lies

 

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Title: A Pack of Blood and Lies

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

 

   A Pack of Blood and Lies is one of the most engrossing books I’ve ever read. The story was immediately captivating and I loved the characters. The are a lot of Alpha males, but not in an off-putting way. In contrast to the Alpha males, Ness is an Alpha female and it mutes any negative feelings one might have to that aspect of the book.

 

   The story opens with Ness Clark. She is seventeen and she just recently lost her mother. Out of nowhere, an Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin show up to drag her back to Colorado. She had been away from there for six years living in California with her mother. She was cast out because she  is the only female in an all male werewolf pack.

 

   The pack is in the midst of selecting a new Alpha. Heath, the previous Alpha, is dead and his son, Liam Kolane, is favored for the position. There is a great deal of tension between Ness and Liam. She believes he is just as horrible as his father and at the same time she is drawn to him. He was running unopposed until Ness showed up and now they must fight for the position. There is a contest and at the end only one will be left standing.

 

   There is the they hate each other so much that there really are deeper feelings trope there, but it isn’t the whole focus of this story. It’s only a small part. Ness is trying to find her place among these people who cast her out and she also wants to prove that she can be a part of the pack just like the boys. Ness is strong, determined, and resilient. There are so many questions that she has to find the answers to. There is sexism, lies, secrets, and romance.

 

   There is always more to the story and I really need for there to be a sequel now. I’m heavily invested in Wildenstein’s characters and need to know what they will doing next.

 

   Wildenstein’s writing is fantastic. It was strong and eloquent. The plot was fast-paced and equally riveting.

 

   Thank you NetGalley and Twig Publishing for providing me with a free copy to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Review – Beartown by Fredrik Backman

 

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Title: Beartown

Author: Fredrik Backman

Publisher:Simon & Schuster

Rating: 5/5

 

This was my first introduction to Backman’s writing. He expertly handled this story dealing with such delicate subject matter. His use of multiple perspectives only enhanced the impact of this poignant story. He truly had his finger on the pulse of what it is like to live in a small town. It felt like a real place and so did his characters. This story is absolutely fantastic. It’s a page-turner, but it’s also extremely thought provoking and a great conversation starter. There is so much about this book that makes you cognizant of the topics that we need to cover with our children or just have open dialogue about as a society. There are so many topics in this that are relevant issues right now and that we see frequenting our newspapers. I think everyone should read this in order for us to be able to have greater empathy and to foster the deeper discussions we need to be having regarding these divisive issues.

 

This story was heartbreaking, but we see it happening far too often. I can’t wait to dive into the sequel and see what is happening in their community.

 

I don’t want to give too much of this one away, so here is the Goodreads synopsis:

 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Overeturns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

 

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

 

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

 

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

 

Have you read this one? What did you think? Have you read the sequel?