Little Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Carrie Reed

Little Miss Eyes of BlueLittle Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Little Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating 4 out of 5 stars

This book is the prequel to The Woman America Loves a Latte. This can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading both, because there is so much story and information to get from both books. This book shared the story of Veloura’s life growing up and bless her heart she did have it rough.

Her mother is a piece of work and i have nothing good to say about her. I think her dad really did love and care for her, but I wish he would have fought a little more to see her or even have custody. I hate that she had to keep every little good thing that happened to her bottled up and somewhere safe she she would never forget those moments, because they were few and far between.

I kept hoping that Veloura’s school life would help, but the fact that her and her selfish mother moved so many times, it was hard for her to form lasting friendships. The terrible things she goes through in school at the hands of her classmates, and the fact that she still comes out as a smart, yet naive young woman, surprises me and makes me happy. This shows she can continue living the life she wants and she can find happiness no matter what crappy circumstances she was dealt.

Great book and I would definitely recommend reading both this book and The Woman America Loves A Latte.

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Carrie Reed

SparSpar by Randi Perrin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have read a few books from Randi Perrin and none of them have disappointed me and neither did this one. The story is wonderful and all of the characters were great.

Chloe and Locke are a great couple with excellent chemistry. Chloe, is an independent, courageous, and strong woman, and Locke notices this about her and it is one of the things that draws him to her over and over again. She is not like any other girl he has come to know. Chloe, has endured much in her past and that has made her the strong woman she is today, and I admire her for taking a hold of her life and putting it back to where she wants it

I know Locke didn’t really plan to have a relationship with Chloe, but because of all her independent attitude, her beautiful looks, the fact that she knows how to spar and her tricky past, these all sealed the deal for him even if he didn’t want to admit it to himself. I can see Locke really grows to care for Chloe and wants to protect her.

Great read by Randi Perrin, I will say it again, I love all her stuff and this is no different, I definitely recommend giving this book a read.

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REWIND by Rowan Shaw – Review by Carrie Reed

Rewind (Rewind #1)Rewind by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rewind by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I truly had a lot of anger when reading this book due to the constant negativity against the LGBT community.

I was so upset to learn of all the ways the two main characters Florian and Enzo were treated just for being who they are and who they love. Florian’s ex girlfriend Marlene is a piece of work. Her manipulation and deviousness drove me insane and I was so saddened to learn that Florian put up with it for as long as he did.

Florian on the other hand, was a love hate for me. Most people know he is bi-sexual and the fact that he can’t bring himself to be who he really is in public annoys me but also I can understand that he was weary about how it would affect his business and his relationship with Enzo.

Enzo is such a strong person. When his terrible trama happened, he coped and moved on to live his life to the fullest and that is truly inspiring. The relationship between him and Florian is beautiful and in my opinion is true destiny. With all of the past secrets they have overcome together and all of the present day obstacles, Enzo did not give up on Florian.

I highly recommend this book, it is a great way to show how people with a different sexual preference were and are still treated in different countries, and how far we have come as a society to accept what most people think is “not normal”. We have a long way to go but I see a bright future for the LGBT community and it will be beautiful, fair and equal.

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Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard – Review by Carrie Reed

Broken PiecesBroken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a biography of events and life growing up for Judy, who deals with a multitude of trials throughout her young life. This story had my heart aching and I was crying for poor little Judy and her family. It is crazy how one accident can change your whole life and the lives of those around you.

Helen and Ernest, Judy’s parents, along with their two friends are in a car accident after picking up newborn Judy up from the hospital to take home. The four are all in the hospital for serious and life altering damages to their bodies. Helen takes the accident the hardest, as she is the one with the most damage done. She lives her life addicted to pain medicines and alcohol and trying to cope with the demons she has inside.

It really breaks my heart to see how Judy has to grow up. It sounds as though her life was not terrible, and for that I am relieved. I could tell by her writing that her mother did indeed love her very much, but was wrestling with herself to get her life back on track after this accident.

The 50’s seriously sounds like such a great era to me, people were more friendly and willing to help where needed. I also loved seeing how Judy had so much faith in not only people but God as well to help her get through any hardships. I do feel for Helen, especially during this era, with her mental illness, doctors didn’t have the knowledge that they have now to be able to thoroughly treat or help the situation. I am thankful the medical world has evolved since then but also saddened that so many had to suffer through these issues. Thank you Judy for sharing your story, it was beautiful!

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A Person Could Disappear Here by Terri George – Review by Carrie Reed

A Person Could Disappear HereA Person Could Disappear Here by Terri George
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Person Could Disappear by Terri George
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! This book is a mind trip! To tell you that I did not see the ending coming is an understatement. Terri George is brilliant for this book, and all of the details in the story! The twists in this book are outrageous and totally had me mouth open and shocked!

My heart aches so much for Abbey and what she is going through. Psychologically she will be ruined forever, physically she will heal but not forget. Her best friend Christina, is brave and an amazing person to travel across the ocean in search of her friend and bring her home, dreading something is terribly wrong.

I can’t say anymore, you will have to take my word that this book is COMPLETELY worth the read. The secondary characters are wonderfully written and contribute to the book and story perfectly. The story is mind blowing and I can’t get over how creative and original it is. I highly recommend!

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Drawing Bloodlines (The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 1) by Deborah Garland – Review by Carrie Reed

Drawing BloodlinesDrawing Bloodlines by Deborah Garland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Drawing Bloodlines by Deborah Garland
(The Princeton Allegiant Series)
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

This is not your average vampire story. There is romance and action that balance out nicely for a terrific read! The character are all fantastic and the story line flows smoothly.

Elizabeth is a strong woman, and I think she is as strong as she is because of her fierce protection of her daughter Annie. When she meets Alex and discovers what he is, she is taken aback and hesitant of keeping anything going with him, but the love she feels for him, gives her the courage to keep going.

Alex seems like every other vampire in every other novel, but this one is different. He has a choice to make. He can give up his new found love of Elizabeth and her daughter Annie and go live in Philadelphia with Christiana, a vampire commander from his past, or he can fight for what he wants for once in his long life.

The chemistry between the two main characters is beautiful. The secondary characters are just as interesting. I would love to read the story of Alex’s maker, Loren and his love interest Julia. The powers that Loren has are peculiar, as well as those of Julia, whom Loren has also changed, their story would be just as exciting to read.

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Me and Cinderella (The Dirty Rooster Book 2) by Kelly Mooney – Review by Carrie Reed

Me and Cinderella (The Dirty Rooster #2)Me and Cinderella by Kelly Mooney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Me and Cinderella by Kelly Mooney
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is such a great second book to follow up The Dirty Rooster. It can be read as a stand alone but, I would recommend reading the first book to get some background. Also, the first book is just plain great!

This book is the story of Eli, who is one of Preston’s best friends from the first book. His life is rough, he had a crap childhood and was always busting his butt to provide for his younger brother Brandon and sister Shea. I admire him for not getting into any risky trade and working hard at menial jobs to get himself through high school and on to college. His father is an abusive jerk who is in jail and, his mother can’t be bothered to provide for the kids because she is too busy drinking and doing drugs. The fact that he graduated college and went on to become successful enough to pay for everything himself as well as send money to his sister and brother to make sure they were comfortable, is heartwarming.

When Eli returns home to make sure Brandon and Shea are going to be okay with his father getting out of jail soon, he reunites with his long lost love Remington. She is set to be married but seems to have cold feet, and then the only place she can run and hide is at Eli’s place. This all makes for a beautiful, frustrating and overdue reunion for these two.

Eli and Remy are a great couple and it is beautiful that the rich girl fell for the guy from the “wrong side of the tracks” even though, Eli is a better man than any of the rich snobs at her father’s country club. Overall, a great read, with lots of romance, drama and little crime.

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The Woman America Loves A Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Carrie Reed

The Woman America Loves a LatteThe Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Woman America Loves A Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WOW! I was not sure where this book was heading and boy was I surprised. There is so many twists and drama, I was sucked in and read through the whole book in one sitting. The characters are all wonderful and the story line is fantastic!

Veloura or Vee as her friends call her, is in my opinion, sweetly naive and very young. She is twenty years old and is shacked up with a much older man who is referred to as, Thunder. The way Thunder treats Vee is so disgusting and she doesn’t see until it’s almost too late that he is a terrible person and he has no love for her.

Suzie had me skeptical about her intentions towards Vee. I’m thinking that maybe she was just jealous of Vee, and that is the reason she wanted to keep her far away from her husband Tommy. I do love that she helped Vee land a job as The woman America loves a latte for a coffee company.

When Veloura realizes her husband’s intentions towards her and Suzie set her up with a new job that would take her away from their little town, she jumps at the opportunity. Coming home during an event for her job, she has a near death experience and determines who is actually out to hurt her, and it was the last person she would have expected.

The story reads in different characters perspectives, and I personally like this to see what each character is thinking or going through. The dramatic twist in the end had me reeling and I was shocked at who was really after Veloura. I would definitely recommend this book!!

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Carrie Reed

Surviving ValenciaSurviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating 5 out of 5 stars

WOW! This was a brilliant book and a crazy ride. The characters are wonderful and the story line is amazing and original. Once I got started, I could not put this book down.

In this book almost every other chapter is a switch between present day and the past when our narrator was a kid. Her older brother Van and his twin Valencia die in a car crash when she is around eleven years old, after that her life became even more bleak than she already felt it was. I feel devastated that she grows up the way she did with her parents treating her as if she was invisible and forgetting they had another daughter. She basically lives her life believing she is ugly, untalented, dumb and not worth anything to anyone. She has no friends and the only person she can rely on is her husband Adrian.

Adrian is a touchy subject for me. On one hand I do believe he has fallen in love with her, and does want to spend forever with her, on the other hand there are many secrets that his wife discovers that basically ruin anything they would have in the future. I solely blame him for not being completely honest with her from the beginning and letting her know what happened when he was younger that lead to them meeting and knowing each other.

There are so many twists in this book, some I saw coming and some I did not. The ending is left somewhat open, so I am hoping for a second book to continue on the crazy information we find out in the end. I would definitely recommend this book, it is very entertaining, mysterious and a great story.

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Devil’s Backbone (Wild Beasts Series Book 5) by T. Birmingham – Review by Carrie Reed

Devil's Backbone (Wild Beasts Series Book 5)Devil’s Backbone by T. Birmingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Devil’s Backbone by T. Birmingham
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

What a great read. The characters were all fantastically written, the story line, interesting and entertaining and the fantastical world they live in, wonderful.

Tess and Ben are such a great couple. She is self conscious about her appearance because of scars she receives from her family years prior. Tess is a strong, courageous woman but a little on the shy side. I feel like she doesn’t think she is an asset to anyone in her life, but in reality everyone loves her and appreciates all that she does at The Lodge and Ben thinks she is beautiful regardless of her appearance and wants to be with her.

It is aggravating that Ben doesn’t just fess up and tell Tess his feelings until he is pushed to when he has to move back “home” to protect the people of the Lodge, especially Tess. It is a relief when the two finally share their attraction and feelings for one another and team up to find the murderer.

This is a good read, I enjoyed the action and the love connection between the two main characters. I would definitely recommend this book to any paranormal lover. This book can be read as a stand alone, but why would you when the other books in the series are fantastic as well?

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