Posts

One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge Book 1) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Jennifer Gordon

One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge, #1)One Hot Texas Summer by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this heartwarming romantic story featuring florist Kelly Turner and Tate Prentice. Kelly is honoured to be asked to work on arranging the town’s Founders’ Day festival which will be held at the Prentice’s peach farm. This means that Kelly and Tate are working closely together but even though the mutual attraction is obvious, Kelly is less than impressed with Tate’s reputation as a ‘player’. Kelly has been burned before by a cheating boyfriend and so try’s to ignore the chemistry, which sizzles off the page, between them. Tate however is just concentrating on ensuring the survival of his family’s farm whilst his father recovers from a recent stroke. The longer the pair have to work alongside each other Tate hopes that Kelly will see that he is more than his reputation, but Kelly struggles to go with her instincts as she’s afraid of having her heart broken again. I loved the main characters, Kelly and Tate who were both relatable and likeable and enjoyed how their love/hate relationship developed. The secondary characters are also fascinating especially Tate’s brothers and I look forward to reading their stories in future books in Flockton’s series about the Prentice brothers. This was a feel good, light romantic story which is perfect for a summers day read.

View all my reviews

The Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Slaughter of Leith HallThe Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderfully written historical fiction novel which took me back to Scotland twenty years after the Battle of Culloden, when there remained strong feelings amongst the Jacobites. The narrative is written in the Scottish dialect of the era which I found hard going to start with but I soon got used to the language and the list of less common words at the end of the book also helped. The list of characters at the start of the book was extremely useful as there are many characters to keep track off. The main character and our hero of the story is Charlie Rob, and until John Leith of Leith Hall takes him under his wing Charlie had not been away from his home in Aberdeenshire and had certainly never been political in his thinking. However the quiet and steady Charlie soon finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery and having to cope with conspiracies in his journey to get justice. Charlie Rob is a very likeable and realistic character and he really made the story for me. The storyline moved along at a good pace and had plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and happily turning the pages. The author really made the Scottish era come alive with her detailed descriptions of both time and place. Her obvious knowledge of the historical background of the era also comes through in her writing and I found the historical note by the author at the end fascinating. I was gripped by the story and although this is the first novel by this author I have read, I was pleased to see she has others that I can also now read and I’m pleased to have discovered a new historical fiction writer.

View all my reviews

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries)Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a long novel but the storyline flows along at a good pace and is full of drama and mystery and I was disappointed when I had finished it. Egyptian diplomat Hani is sent to Syria to investigate the murder of a leader of bandits but his investigations are complicated by the religious reforms of the new king. Having encountered corruption and further murders, Hani starts to think that no one can be trusted, not even the new king. However Hani must find evidence so that the wrongdoers can be prosecuted. I felt completely immersed in the story due to the authors wonderfully detailed descriptions of both the characters and the setting, so much so I felt I could be in ancient Egypt. The glossary of terms and places and the glossary of Gods at the end of the book is very helpful and I found the authors historical note extremely fascinating especially discovering that Hani is a real person. The list of characters was also useful but I feel it may have been even more so if it had been at the start of the book as there are many characters to get to know and keep track of. Reading this novel the authors research and knowledge shines through, all wrapped up in a great murder mystery thriller. Lord Hani is a great main character and I look forward to further books in this series.

View all my reviews

Dare Me (The Demonology Series Book One) by Felicity Brandon – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Dare Me (Book One in the Demonology series)Dare Me by Felicity Brandon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a paranormal romance featuring a dark demon and a feisty heroine who have sizzling chemistry. Raif, a commanding and powerful demon from Hell wanders the earth looking for mortals to inslave until artist Sara catches his eye. Raif wants Sara to willingly give herself to him.
This is a dark supernatural romance and Raif and Sara have instant chemistry which leads to some steamy scenes. Their romance is passionate but intense, and whilst Raif promises Sara a better life than the one she’s been living, Sara has to understand that any commitment is for eternity, with the demon. The author has created a wonderful world of the supernatural and I felt fully immersed in the storyline, and was hooked by both the story and the characters.

View all my reviews

Confidentiality (Scope of Practice Book 2) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Jennifer Gordon

ConfidentialityConfidentiality by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having been hooked whilst reading ‘Boundaries’, the first book in Aiken-Hall’s new series, ‘Scope of Practice’, I was looking forward to this second novel, ‘Confidentiality’ and I was not disappointed. The storyline continues with Valerie Williamson who works at Lawrenceville Regional Hospital as a deceased patient coordinator, and with Valerie’s past now no longer a secret things are looking up for her. The novel can be read as a standalone story, however if read in order then you will have a better understanding of Valerie’s backstory. Valerie and her detective fiancé Tim are now planning their wedding and Valerie is no longer feeling isolated although her past trauma still effects her. Just as she believes she can have a ‘normal’ life a series killer targets Lawerenceville. As Tim is busy investigating the case Valerie believes the connection that links the murders can not be a mere coincidence and begins her own detective work to figure it out before the killer has opportunity to strike again.
This novel has a fast paced storyline with plenty of suspense, mystery, action, and great characters. I was pleased to be back with main character Valerie who is a very realistic character and one who you can relate to and I liked how her relationship with Tim developed further during this novel. Although the book does deal with difficult and dark issues it is dealt with honestly and with sensitivity. The narrative also has plenty of humour along with the drama. I was hooked from page one and found myself completely immersed in the story. I hope there will be further books in this series.

View all my reviews

The Princess and the Pit Bulls (The Fairy Tale Series Book 4) by Jody Lynn Daniels – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Princess and The Pit Bulls (Fairy Tale Series book 4)The Princess and The Pit Bulls by Jody Lynn Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an enjoyable and fun read, and although part of the ‘Fairy Tale Series’ it can be read as a standalone story. This novel has a heartwarming storyline with a very likeable and relatable main character, Chloe Wheeler, who appears to have it all. However having dated the wrong man her life and career as a fashion designer in New York all fall apart, branded as a gold digger and a thief Chloe has to start over. Chloe thinks that things are finally going well for her when she meets vet Sebastian Adams at her sister’s wedding. Along with his two rescue dogs, Pit Bulls, Bonnie and Clyde Sebastian has moved to a small Kentucky town to also start over. Sebastian is instantly attracted to Chloe as she walks down the aisle at her sister’s wedding looking to him, like a princess, and luckily his two dogs also like her. Chloe also can not deny their chemistry, which sizzled off the page and their relationship develops. All is going well until a secret from Sebastian’s past could potentially ruin everything the couple have achieved. No spoilers as I recommend you pick up this book! I loved Chloe and Sebastian and really wanted them to both get their happy ever after. Although a romance the story also had plenty of drama which kept me hooked from the start until the last page. A great summer read and wonderful escapism.

View all my reviews

Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6) by Jacquie Biggar – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers #6)Virtually Gone by Jacquie Biggar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel is part of a multi-author series about ‘high technology and technological crimes’, some of the characters cross over from previous books but, like myself you can read this book as a standalone story. This is a techno thriller which although not my usual choice of genre had me hooked from the start. Julie Crenshaw is an investigative reporter who happens upon a story that could both be the story of a lifetime and put her life at risk. Having investigated a number of sexual abuse cases, Julie ends up on the serial rapists radar herself and has to discover his identity before he strikes again and prevent herself from becoming his next target. Meanwhile, Detective Matthew Roy is in charge of the investigation to find the serial rapist and is getting no where. His investigation in not helped by the fact that his partner’s girlfriend Julie seems to be conducting her own enquiries. When the rapist also becomes a killer both Matt and Julie need to find him and fast but how. This is a fast paced book with a fascinating and thought provoking storyline and interesting characters which kept me gripped from page one. I was fully immersed in the technological crime world created by Biggar thanks to her wonderful narrative and detailed descriptions. I am keen to read the previous books in this series now and other books by Jacquie Biggar.

View all my reviews

Help Me, Harry by Mya O’Malley – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Help Me Harry (Collection: Sun, Sand & A Ring On My Hand Book 2)Help Me Harry by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this contemporary romance by Mya O’Malley, it’s book two in the ‘Sun, Sand & A Ring On My Hand’ collection of standalone novellas. During her friends tropical destination bachelorette party and after a few too many drinks Cassie finds herself talking to the sexy bartender Harry. Listening to Cassie about her fiancé Evan, Harry thinks Evan is a ‘player’ and does not deserve Cassie. Harry had been a bit of a heartbreaker himself in the past and had also had his heart broken but he feels an instant attraction to Cassie. Cassie had been feeling more and more unsure about her relationship with Evan, finding him manipulative and finds the bartender very easy to talk too but is wary of his reputation. With only a week to prove to Cassie that Evan is not the man for her and that he is, Harry has to convince her to act on her own feelings after all love at first sight is to rare to ignore. I loved the characters, Harry and Cassie were both likeable and realistic and their instant attraction came through thanks to the authors wonderful narrative. The storyline had me hooked and moved along at a swift pace which kept me fully immersed in the romance. I was hoping Harry and Cassie would get a happy ever after, no spoilers as I recommend you pick this book up as a great summer read.

St. Nick’s Christmas Wish (Holiday Hunks Book 7 – Hot Hunks-Steamy Romance Collection Book) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Holiday Hunks-St. Nick's Christmas Wish (Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 7)Holiday Hunks-St. Nick’s Christmas Wish by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘St. Nick’s Christmas Wish’ is written by author Tamara Ferguson and is part of the ‘Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection’ but can be read as a standalone story. This is another great book by Ferguson, and the storyline and the characters had me hooked from the start. Stockbroker Nick Hanover and stylist Emma Caffrey are both holidaying with friends in Bali when they meet. Getting over a cheating fiancé Nick does not make a great first impression on Emma but the two do share a very heated kiss before the holidays over. However it’s not until they both find themselves back in Crystal Rock that the pair discover if it’s just chemistry they share or something deeper. As well as romance and steamy scenes the storyline also has plenty of drama and when Nick’s half brothers life is in danger family secrets emerge. I loved the main characters, Emma and Nick and how their relationship developed and their obvious chemistry led to some steamy scenes. The secondary characters are also fascinating and I look forward to reading their stories throughout the series. I was cheering Nick and Emma on to their happy ever after.

View all my reviews

Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Being Lost (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #1)Being Lost by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great MC novel by Manda Mellett, featuring the ‘Satan’s Devils MC’, this time the San Diego Chapter. This novel concentrates on older couple Lost and Patsy, it’s nice to have a MC romance storyline featuring an older couple for a change. Both of them have had bad past experiences with relationships and so they are wary of love. Lost is the new Prez of the San Diego Satan’s Devils following Snakes mutiny and death. Due to Snakes betrayal Lost is unsure about his new role but the MC members are all looking to him now for guidance. Then he meets Patsy, Patsy has always had to make tough decisions in her life and the latest one was choosing which of her two grown up children needed her help the most. This decision has led her to starting a new life but now they have been found and are on the run again and in danger until Lost comes into her life. Patsy wasn’t looking for a man at her age but she needs protection and feels she can rely on Lost, meanwhile he knows he should tell her to stay away from him but somehow he just can’t. This is a great story, with strong characters, a fast paced storyline and at the heart of it a second chance at love romance. It has drama and suspense but also concentrates on the relationships between the MC members and the women in their lives. I liked how Lost and Patsy’s relationship developed throughout the book and how their chemistry sizzled off the page and led to some steamy scenes between the couple. A great read, and it was nice to meet a new chapter of the Satan’s Devils and I look forward to reading future books in this series.

View all my reviews