Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review of "Spanish Lessons" - Jessica Peterson


Vivian Bingley has big plans for her semester abroad in Spain…

Along with her BFF Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns—like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics—with the help of a Spanish tutor.

But falling for her studly Spanish tutor definitely isn’t one of them.

Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams.

Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?




(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

Attending school abroad sounds like quite an adventure and it was for Vivian. On her first night in Madrid, she met a sweet, charming, and romantic man who made her less homesick. He brought happiness into her life when she was feeling pretty sad and lost. Lost as in... What the heck am I doing with my life?

It was inevitable they would fall in love. Yes, the timing wasn't ideal. But cupid doesn't care about that. When his love arrow strikes, there's no fighting it. You can try but why. LIVE IN THE NOW. 

That's exactly what Jessica had Vi and Rafa doing and the result was a relationship which didn't end with one semester. With true love, you find a way to stay together because when you love someone that intensely, you make it happen. 

Jessica, thank you for writing a truly romantic love story and for also teaching me a bit of Spanish along the way. I am far from fluent but I can say and recognize more than a handful of words now. 

So thanks, teach. You are one heckuva tutor. :)


Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤






Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review of "Catalina and the Winter Texan" - Hebby Roman


Catalina Reyes has sacrificed everything to own a beach-front recreational vehicle Park. Widowed and struggling, her Park falls on hard times and needs extensive renovations to stay open.
When Manuel Batista, a widowed and successful contractor rents a slot at the Park, he's immediately attracted to Catalina and captivated by her fiery spirit and determination. Manuel helps Catalina to renovate her Park. Working together, their relationship sizzles, but Catalina realizes Manuel will return north after the winter. Unwilling to start a long-distance relationship after a painful breakup in her previous marriage, she must learn to trust again.
Can they overcome Catalina's fears and bridge the gap of hundreds of miles between their homes and families to find a second chance at love?


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(request submitted by author for an honest critique)  

Catalina and Manny were two people, of mature age, finding love again in an RV park. A setting which is a rarity in romance books. At least, I haven't run across too many. 

Also, most best-selling (romance) reads aren't solely based around a couple over the age of 50 so I applaud Tena for stepping out of the "norm".

In Catalina and the Winter Texan, Catalina and Manny had fiery and sweets moments -- two adjectives also used to describe them (personally). 

Of course, Manny wouldn't call Cat totally sweet. He would definitely put her in the class of a MILF and she would concur he was a GILF. 

Since they couldn't help but kiss (often) and finally made love, my assessment is 100% true. :)

Before I wrap up this review, I want to address the amusing sections of Catalina vs. the computer. When Cat couldn't figure out how to turn it on or how to do a internet search on it, I thought of my mom. My mom is computer illiterate. Heck, she can't figure out texting and still uses a VCR which can be found flashing 12:00 regularly. 

So, Tena, I want to say THANK YOU for making me smile. 

HEA

Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤

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Hebby Roman is the multi-published, Amazon best-selling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance. Her medieval historical romance, THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR, was selected for the Amazon Encore program and was #1 in medieval fiction. 

Hebby is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the past president of her local chapter, North Texas Romance Writers. She was selected for the Romantic Times "Texas Author" award, and she won a national Harlequin contest. Her book, BORDER HEAT, was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection.


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review of "The Art of Love and Murder" - Brenda Whiteside

April 22, 2014 

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn't what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.

Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.

Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?




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I've grown accustomed to stories having one, maybe two whackadoodles but Brenda had the crazies popping up every which way we (me and the characters) looked. Three nutcases make for some stimulating reading material which is the point of any great author. A writer does want a reader to remember them, buy more books. 

I can safely say I don't think I will ever forget Clark, Kitty, or Professor Sheffield. 

One thing did surprise me regarding The Art of Love and Murder.

With so many people causing trouble for Lacy, it's a wonder she found time for lovin' but I guess you can't very well have a damsel in distress without a savior. 

Speaking of her savior, Chance might've not come riding to her rescue on a horse but he owns a Harley and that's way better in my book.  

HEA

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Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤



Convinced she was born to be an artist, Brenda never took her love of writing seriously. And then one day, sometime after college, after marrying a man doing a stint in the army, and after the birth of her son, she found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color.


Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the prairie in Northern Arizona and the RV life near Roosevelt Lake. At home or in the RV, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.



Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.
She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about prairie life on her personal blog http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review of "To Dance Again" - Hebby Roman


They say a woman never forgets her first love, and Maricel Cardona hasn't forgotten Ramón Morales. She remembers dancing all night in Ramón's arms to the sensual beat of their homeland, Puerto Rico. When her family forced her to move to the States, she didn't know she was carrying Ramón's child.

A self-made multi-millionaire, Ramón hasn't forgotten Maricel and the passion he felt, dancing with her. Now, at the pinnacle of his success, he's withdrawn from the world to safeguard his own secret. A secret that, if revealed, would change his life forever.

Reunited after twenty-seven years, will the high school sweethearts get a second chance at love or will their secrets tear them apart?




(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

Lovers reunited after so many years apart should spell a true, over the top, romantic read. 

You know the type. The thin books you caught your mom or grandma reading. Pages turned so much the book looks older than it should and several pages have creases from being dog-eared. 

This could've been one of those stories if it weren't for the fact I didn't feel a true emotional connection between Maricel and Ramón. For me, I needed more than a brief glimpse to their past. 

I also didn't like how late the revelation (you have a child) came about or the timing of it. It was as if the author couldn't figure out when or how to divulge the info and just threw it out there. 

For me, this book felt disjointed. I'm sure others will love it. It does have its appeal: sweet union of father/daughter and a HEA. 

For me, I just found it lacking. 

Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤





Hebby Roman is the multi-published, Amazon best-selling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance. Her medieval historical romance, THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR, was selected for the Amazon Encore program and was #1 in medieval fiction. 

Hebby is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the past president of her local chapter, North Texas Romance Writers. She was selected for the Romantic Times "Texas Author" award, and she won a national Harlequin contest. Her book, BORDER HEAT, was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection.


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