By: Aila Stephens
Review by: D.A. Henneman - Stars: 4
I absolutely loved Brie’s voice in this story, it grabbed me from the start. She comes across as being older and wiser, but we find out quickly that even strong and independent people can be victims of circumstance. After a fire at the restaurant where she works, resulting in the death of a co-worker, Brie is swept into a situation where her life changes fast. At the same time she is being offered a new job, she meets a handsome stranger who has everything a girl could want, expect a permanent address nearby.
We experience relationships through Brie’s lens, and I found myself really connecting to her sense of humor as she navigates through job offers and life choices. The chapters when she is left to deal with a horrifying reality, were written in a jarring and disjointed way. It allowed me to feel her confusion and avoidance and was just as it would be for someone going through something traumatic. I appreciated that as a reader.
This book kept me guessing to the very end, and the author has done a great job at building a story with characters that I feel I could very well meet. Wonderful job on a debut novel, I am anxious to read the continuation of this story!
Author: D.A. Henneman
Genre: Magical Realism, Fantasy, Romance
First published: June 7, 2017
Amie Petridis isn’t looking for love when it breezes into her life. Her job as a full-time pilot leaves little time for dating. When a charming Air Marshall walks onto her plane and into her life, strange things start to happen. During a layover in England, Amie receives a tarot reading that changes her destiny.
U.S. Air Marshall Aleck Eyres has always taken his job seriously. So seriously, in fact, he hasn’t allowed himself to be tied down. His occupation allows for the freedom to travel and to visit his friends, but the day he helps a captivating pilot with her persistent ex-boyfriend – things change. Love finds him quickly and affects him deeply, but will it be enough to overcome the painful secret that has kept him from sharing his heart all this time?
The winds of change have blown Amie’s way and affect her and Aleck as well as the magical beings in a land called Wisteria. The appearance of winged creatures in Amie’s life is just the start. She will soon learn that she is meant to harness the element of Air and as she discovers her power, the gypsy’s warning has her questioning her path. Should she follow her head or her heart? And when she makes her choice, will it be the right one?
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Author: Jewel E. Leonard
Genre: Romance, Steampunk
Review by: D.A. Henneman
A delightful story, filled with colorful characters! Maeve is marvelously feisty and her love/hate relationship with the mysterious Shadow Wolf adds a delightful fuel to the fire. There is plenty of sassy innuendo, with touches of steampunk in a Wild West setting that is refreshing and fun.
I loved the inclusion of Maeve’s connection to earth magic and the way the author showed her abilities, especially when she is desperate to keep them secret. I also appreciate the nods to the heritage of each of the characters through things that they say… especially when they argue!
There was no shortage of twists to the plot and I am anxious to see where Maeve’s story goes in future books. - DH
Had a co-worker suggest the series to me, and was not disappointed! The first book of the Gardella Vampire Hunters series was beautifully written and is deliciously paced. The story brings us into a world that walks a fine line between formal London society and a shadowy realm of immortal creatures.
It is Victoria’s duty to keep the residents of London safe from the evil that surrounds them, as they dance their waltzes and fret about what color dress to wear to their next party. She is an empowered and beautiful woman who tries in vain to embrace both worlds. She ultimately suffers because of it.
While parts of this story came as a surprise, it only made me more curious to learn more about the world that Victoria lives in. I’m excited to see what comes next for her and would definitely suggest this series to anyone who loves to read Paranormal Fiction! - DH
I can't recall the last time I read a book in one sitting, but this was one of them! Beautifully written, and very close to home for someone who can relate with some of the things the main character, Maggie Abernathy, has been through. The book touches on grave misunderstandings, loves that are lost and found, and the hesitation we sometimes feel when faced with the decision to share our weaknesses.
The relationships were real, sometimes raw, and I found myself laughing, crying, and at times shaking my head at the antics of the characters that Ms. Bradley brings to life. What a wonderful book, and my only disappointment was when it ended and I realized I would need to go on to book 2. Suppose you could call that a win win though! Looking very much forward to the continuation of Maggie and John's story! - DH
Author: Heather Sunseri
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Review by: D.A. Henneman
The continuation of Brooke & Declan’s story in Covered in Darkness has the couple sorting through the latest mystery facing the Governor’s office, while simultaneously testing the strength of their relationship. This time the power has gone out, but the outage isn’t due to the storms. The outage was intentional, and Brooke needs to find out who is behind it before it is too late.
Brooke is now the head of Homeland Security for the State of Kentucky, a job she loves, but that places her at odds with the F.B.I., an organization she is intimately familiar with. Declan thought this position would be less dangerous for her, but it seems that Brooke keeps getting pulled into the middle of volatile situations. Brooke learns that the recent power outage is anything but routine and as she follows the clues, they lead her deeper into a terrorist plot to extort large sums of money from the power companies. The men who are requesting the money aren’t messing around, and don’t care who they have to kill to get it. Her associate has been taken by them and it is up to Brooke to save her from the terrorists.
Heather delivers a great story that is believable and suspenseful. It is evident that she does a great deal of research on her topics, and her characters are well rounded and developed. I am looking forward to reading more about Brooke’s journey to come to terms with her past heartbreak, and Declan’s attempts to win her heart. I am definitely looking forward to learning more about Dimitri, so glad to hear he will be getting his own story!
Loved it, of course! Absolute favorite line in the book is when Elizabeth asks Mr. Darcy when he fell in love with her - "I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." - DH
Christie Craig is always able to take me to my happy place with her stories which are always witty and full of chemistry. This one in particular is one of my favorites. I love the fact that the characters have something so strange in common, the sympathy puking was brilliant! Carl Hades being a marshmallow in disguise is the perfect touch! Gave it 5 stars and even though it it has been out for a while, it is a current and snappy read!
Someone to Hold is the second book in Mary Balogh’s Wescott Regency era series. While this is part of a series, it is easy to read as a standalone. In the prior book, the readers first met Camille and Joel, the featured couple of this book. Camille’s unfortunate circumstance is that she was born into society, only to learn that her father had deceived her whole family and had a prior wife, making his marriage to her mother, and her birth, illegitimate. With this came a great fall in her position in society.
Under her new circumstances, she decides to challenge herself to live within her new means and station, not accepting monetary help from her grandmother. In addition to this, she decides to take on the role of her newly found half-sister, who with their father’s death elevated in society. Camille not only becomes the teacher at the orphanage that her half-sister was raised and taught in but decides to move into the teacher’s quarters there. This is a stark contrast to her prior life of luxury. Camille has much to learn about herself.
Out of all of Mary Balogh’s heroines throughout the years, Camille is the hardest one to empathize and fall in love with as a reader. Fortunately, Joel, the hero, fell in love with her right on schedule. Joel is an art teacher in the school who was formerly in love with Camille’s half-sister. The mystery of his background unravels in the book as the two fall in love and ultimately marry.
If you love Mary Balogh or Regency books, of course, this is a must read.
Brooke Fairfax, an ex-analyst for the FBI, is pulled into a situation that tests her loyalties, especially when it comes to Declan O’Roark. The bourbon he produces may have been used to kill the Lieutenant Governor and it is up to Brooke to uncover the truth. She will need to navigate through political unrest and her growing feelings for Declan, while solving a crime with ties to her past.
Brooke is capable and although she is nursing a broken heart can’t help her attraction to Declan who pursues her from the start. His connection to horse racing and bourbon add a wonderful flavor to the story that gives the reader a small taste of the Kentucky culture. The facts about the differences between bourbon and whiskey were very fun to read, and reminded me of the things I learned on a recent distillery tour. It is easy to see the author loves the area, and I have to agree with her, it is a beautiful state…and the bourbon isn’t bad either!
Heather Sunseri’s Mindspeak series was amazing, but I have to say I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for Brooke and Declan as they nurture their budding romance. Beautifully done! Exposed in Darkness was a wonderful read! - DH
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