Month: May 2014

Book Review: Melissa Marr’s “Stopping Time”

Book Review: Melissa Marr’s “Stopping Time”

This one is 2.5 in the Wicked Lovely so-very-romantic paranormal series for Young Adults. The couple focus is on Leslie, Irial, and Niall. My Take This is so romantic and makes me cry. Makes my heart hurt with all that Irial is giving up. It irritates me that Leslie wants nothing to do with the Dark Court, and yet she encourages Irial to hang around. She likes the protection of the fairies, but she doesn’t want to give back. I can, however, understand why she doesn’t want to be part of their Court: she’s too attracted to it and worries that she’d succumb. Annnd, okay, the fae do live forever so hanging around “invisibly” for however long Leslie will live is equivalent to a long weekend for them. Still, it bugs me. Means I have to suspect that Marr intends to bring Leslie back into the fold at some point…*grin*… “The only monster I see is you.” I have to love Irial. I know he’s a bad guy. Selfish against humans, but caring very much for his subjects. And he is actually unselfish. He really impresses the hell out of me. The Story Leslie may have gone off to college, […]

Posted May 31, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Dana Reinhardt’s We are the Goldens

Book Review: Dana Reinhardt’s We are the Goldens

A fictional exploration of the twin-like relationship between siblings with one veering off in one direction while the other mourns her loss. I did receive this as an ARC from the publisher. My Take I’m conflicted. We are the Goldens is well-written, but incredibly depressing. I’m also rather annoyed that Reinhardt kept teasing me, “promising” a fatal ending, which was, in the end, unexpected. It’s Nell’s story with a history of how the girls came to be, their closeness until high school intervenes with its hormonal challenges. The day-to-day interactions and how close Nell is to Felix, and eventually the truth of their relationship. This dialog is split against Nell’s occupation with her sister’s growing coldness. The fears Nell has about Layla. The questions she has about why Layla is pulling away. Wondering what’s wrong with her, with Layla, with their parents, with school. When it’s wrong to keep secrets and how to let those secrets out to protect. The story starts with Nell’s complaints about how Layla is changing, the fears of starting up at a new school as she moves from prep to high school. It’s her dreams. The dreams, fears, and hopes we all had in school. […]

Posted May 30, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: B.J. Daniels’ Rescue at Cardwell Ranch and Wanted Woman

Book Review: B.J. Daniels’ Rescue at Cardwell Ranch and Wanted Woman

This is a two-for-one offering with Rescue at Cardwell Ranch the fifth in the Caldwell Ranch series while Wanted Woman is a standalone story. I did receive this as an ARC from the publisher. Rescue at Cardwell Ranch This is the fifth in the Cardwell Ranch romance series revolving around the Cardwell family with this story taking place in Bozeman, Montana. The couple focus is on Hayes Cardwell and McKenzie Sheldon. My Take What is it with men (and some women!) who think a woman is “asking for it” when she dresses sexy? So what? If a woman enjoys dressing in a tight skirt or a low-cut blouse, that’s her option. You can enjoy the view or ignore it. That’s your option. Let’s reverse that point-of-view. Let’s say you’re a guy wearing tight jeans and a form-fitting T that shows off your muscles. Does that mean you are asking for it? Or do you simply enjoy showing off your body? Perhaps you simply feel comfortable dressing that way. And ladies, you might want to read this if only to get a good scare in. A reminder to not let your guard down in a parking lot of any sort. Pay […]

Posted May 28, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment

Book Review: Sidney Halston’s Against the Cage

Book Review: Sidney Halston’s Against the Cage

First in the Worth the Fight romance series. The couple focus is on Chrissy Martin and Jack Daniels and is set in Tarpon Springs in Florida. I received this eArc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review…and ooh, boy… My Take The description is accurate enough, but it’s also more exciting than the story itself, which is full of clichéd tropes and melodrama — and most of the drama is caused by Chrissy leaping to judgment. It’s a good idea Halston has, but the superficiality, the lack of development, the rush to get the story written, and the overwhelming lack of show does not help. Chrissy’s character is too stupid for words while Slade’s character is so one-sided and brimming with arrogance. It’s only fair since his sister is also full of it. There are a lot of subplots going on in this, and it’s like reading a rough outline that Halston started to fill in but was in too much of a hurry to actually connect the dots. I do wish Halston had done a better job of tying them together. Instead they feel like separate blocks dropped in. As for my individual niggles in the story:First […]

Posted May 27, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Dani Atkins’ Then and Always

Book Review: Dani Atkins’ Then and Always

A twisted version of time travel à la the movie Sliding Doors, and for some reason, I keep wanting to call it psychological. Based in Great Bishopsford, England. Just to warn you, I did receive this as an eARC from the publisher. And be prepared to cry. I had to put this down for several days before I could continue on to an ending that was marvelous, bittersweet, and lovely. My Take This is a twisty tale that’ll keep your heart rate up as you wonder what’ll happen next, when the hammer will drop and send you right back to the old ways. It’s also one of the few stories I’ve read that used the first person point-of-view, which I liked and didn’t make me feel uncomfortable. It is terrifying to think how quickly and easily one’s whole life can change within minutes. I also wonder if Rachel really wants to marry Matt, as they’ve been seeing each other for seven years…! I like how Atkins sets up the headaches, the mugging, and the graveyard scene for what sets this convergence/divergence off — a very believable scenario for what is an unbelievable result. Although, it’s almost more unbelievable that Rachel […]

Posted May 23, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment