Book Review – The Story of Us (Carnage #1) – Lesley Jones

After my nice reprieve with the Cranberry Inn series, I returned to my more intense and darker reads. I honestly have no idea why I waited so long to read Carnage #1! We all love the Thoughtless series and have been looking for that rockstar boyfriend to compete with Kellen. This one had such rave reviews that I think I was holding off for this holiday weekend to lock myself away and lose myself in a great read.

You have to experience this book yourself! Stay away from spoilers! You will laugh and you will cry.  You will be angry. This is all what pulls us in and makes a great story. I was hooked from the first words and literally could not put the book down. There is a continuation, but this can be read as a standalone. The writing is fantastic. I love the dialect used by the characters and the dynamics between family and friends. I was almost jealous and wanted to hang out with the lot of them (except for all the passing of drugs among family and friends)!

I plan to read the second book. However, I am still too emotional right now to continue on just yet.

Link to Goodreads –> The Story of Us (Carnage #1)

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Book Review – Room for Just a Little Bit More (Cranberry Inn #2.5) – Beth Ehemann

I recently took a  breather from my favored intense and dark reads to “pay the toll”  and return to the world of HEA. What a great break it was! One of my favorite romantic series is the Cranberry Inn.  In the first book we meet a single mom, named Kacie, and her twin daughters, aka “the Twinkies”. Kacie meets Brody, a professional hockey player, who becomes a guest at her mother’s inn. He forms an endearing relationship with Kacie and her girls. This novella takes through the wedding and is a beautiful and entertaining series conclusion. This is such a heartwarming and inspiring story. It will make you laugh and cry and be filled with warm fuzzes. This positive story shows how families can be “broken”and yet still work to provide the children a safe and secure family dynamic. I love that the twins are predominant supporting characters throughout the series. I especially love when Brody  exchanges marital vows with the twins and gifts them with commitment necklaces. The tissue box definitely came out for that scene.

Link to Goodreads reading order:
Room for You (Cranberry Inn #1)
Room for More (Cranberry Inn #2)
Room for Just a Little Bit More (Cranberry Inn #2.5)

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Book Review – A Whole New Crowd by Tijan

There are some awesome romantic suspense reads out there.  This is my second read by Tijan, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Her stories probably fall more into the New Adult genre. Be warned, these young characters come from  rather violent backgrounds. There is strong use of language and sexual scenes. In this particular story, I want to ask where are all the parents? They seem to be conveniently absent. This is the largest group of unsupervised teenagers that are sexually active and definite partiers. Makes me wonder how do they have time to make school a priority??

That being said, this is a brilliant story! While I am classifying it as romantic suspense, for me the romance aspect was a minor sideline story. This was action-packed! It was interesting. It made me happy and it made me cry. Taryn is one of my favorite heroines; she is strong, caring and intelligent. Giving this one…

5 Stars!!

Link to Goodreads –> A Whole New Crowd

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Book Review – Among the Echoes by Aly Martinez

Friends that know me well know that I’m a HUGE fan of romantic suspense. The description of this story appealed so much to me and I wanted to rate it higher, really. The writing was good. The story was intriguing. Unfortunately, it fell short for me on a few fronts.

This story is about Erica Hill,  a witness to a murder that is taken under the witness protection program. She catches the eye of Slate Andrews,   a professional boxer, who forms a romantic attachment to her. Be warned that the first two chapters are rather disturbing similar in effect to Lovely Bones. Do not go into the story expecting Beautiful Disaster or  Real, as you will not find any exciting, in-the-ring, scenes within this book. There are some tender moments, but I do not feel the expected connection between the heroine and hero. While the hero is typically classified as an alpha male, he ultimately seems to give into her every wish. For me, the ending was rushed and not to my satisfaction.

3 Stars

Link to Goodreads –> Among the Echoes

Book Review – Remy by Katy Evans

I am a huge fan of the REAL series, which consists of Real and Mine. If you have not read it yet, I give fair warning of possible spoilers. The first two books of the series were told from the perspective of Brooke Dumas. As the name implies, in book three we receive the story from Remington Tate’s point of view.

Remy is a MMA Fighter who struggles with bipolar disorder. He and Brooke form this instant sexual attraction during one of his fights. Remy promptly researches Brooke and hires her as part of his personal training team. I adore the dependent relationship between Brooke and Remington. There is such a true, heartfelt connection between them. And while bipolar disorder can be trying on all parties involved, I find it precious how much Brooke benefits from the alpha character nature of Remy and his undying devotion to her.

I usually approach series finales told from the opposite perspective with apprehension. I held off reading this book for a long time. I really wanted to be able to give it at least four stars. It was told with as much intensity and heat as the first two stories. I still love Remy as one of my favorite book boyfriends. I also saw Brooke in a new and refreshing light from the first two books, and in a positive way.

The book fell short for me on the length of text dedicated to the beginning of their relationship. Obviously, telling the story from the perspective of someone that is manic would be truly difficult, especially for the periods when there is blackout. However, I was looking forward to this story to hear Remy’s firsthand account of his feelings when his parents show up at the farmhouse. I also wanted to hear his apprehensions with becoming a father and fearing the possibility that a child could inherit his disorder. Both of these elements were missing and I felt that the story was rushed at the end.

While I do enjoy a good and steamy story, and the first two books are some of the best material, by the end of this book I was almost as uncomfortable with the intimate scenes as the first 50 Shades of Grey, and skipping them. I was getting a little grossed out by the frequency of Brooke and Remy literally licking and scenting each other like dogs. This was still an entertaining read, and I look forward to continuing the series with other characters, but I have to give this book…

3 Stars

Exciting news to share!

My first short story is available online and published through Smashwords. This is a short and (hopefully) humorous short story about a detective and his first real case, a quest to find a missing doll. I was excited today to find The Treasured Doll available at the following online e-book stores.

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/450339

iBooks: https://itun.es/us/EPfn1.l

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-treasured-doll-elisabeth-sobek/1119856962?ean=2940046026900