Book Review: Unchained Melody

About the book:UM

Title: Unchained Melody

Author: Cynthia Roberts

Published: January 28th 2016 by Create Space (first published January 2016)

Source: e-copy received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

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My Review:

[I have received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review this has in no way out of my opinion]

A quick an easy read, this book will keep you going till the very end, with a plot that gradually increases and characters that are easy to like.

In an attempt to have some days away from work, Pamela meets Gavin and if the instant attraction wasn’t enough, Gavin has a car accident and she is the one saving his life. Here starts a rollercoaster of emotions and life altering events that will put their feelings to test.

From writing perspective, we have only Pamela’s views and we see their turmoil more from her side. We are not offered any more of Gavin’s opinions more than he is comfortable sharing. The plot evolves gradually to a major event that will change their lives. There are some scenes that were not at all believable though, especially one particular sex episode, but other than that all looks just fine.

Now, regarding the characters, I have several complaints but as well several appreciations. On one hand, I like that both characters have the same good financial position – she is a very well-known lawyer with a nice income, he’s co-owner of several businesses. Even if the attraction is obvious, they start to bond when Pamela saves Gavin’s life. Both represent some form of a new beginning. Pamela wishes for a family; Gavin wants to share his heart with someone. The internal battle that Pamela has to face at some point is very well presented. Her will and determination are as well inspiring.

On the other hand, each character has a moment of immaturity. They have several arguments, mainly due to silly misunderstandings. I believe these reactions were exaggerated and did not sit well with their personalities.

I’m struggling a little with the rating. My score would be 3.5 stars, but if I have to around it, I will offer 4 stars, but I hope the other books in the series have more attention to details and to the characters’ personalities. The writing was great; the way the plot evolved was great, but it definitely could have been better. Looking forward for the other books as well!

Let me know your opinion below or if you have read this book or any other book by Cynthia Roberts.

About the Author

I have been writing since a Crayola was placed in my hand. My love of rcythiaeading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family.

“I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later but, life simply got in the way far too many times. I know because of those detours I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and draw upon those moments in my past many times.

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Book Review: Birthright

About the book:birthright

Title: Birthright (Legacy #1)

Author: Jessica Ruddick

Published: March 20th 2017 by Jessica Ruddick Books LLC

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

Find the book on Goodreads and Amazon.

My Review:

This is one of the series that I will for sure follow! The first book develops great, with Ava struggling with her tasks as a seeker, trying to find a way around. I loved the writing and how well the characters blended with the story.

Ava has her own moral compass. Ever since finding out she’s supposed to provide names of people with white auras (people who soon after die), she has tried to find a way to deceive Xavier (their contact) and spare innocent lives. It’s easier said than done, since neither her, nor her mother know too much about this person or even about what happens to the souls after they are ripped. The task becomes much more difficult when she has to deliver the name of the only guy she has become attached.

Cole is one character with a mysterious past, his aura shows signs of being a pure soul, but his scars and history with gangs prove otherwise. He is still a mystery, but his emotional attachment towards Ava is visible since their first encounter. Their relationship evolves nicely and neatly.

I must admit though that this total lack of knowledge surrounding a Grimm Reaper’s tasks seems a little bit unbelievable, since not even Ava’s mother has not so much knowledge about it.

I did enjoy the book very much and I can’t wait for book #2. This will hopefully be one of my favorite series, since I am a fan of all these angels, daemons, reapers stories. Hope you like it as well, come by with your comments, as usual.

 

About the Authorjess

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at jessicaruddick.com. To sign up for her newsletter, visit jessicaruddick.com/NL.

 

Book Review: Starr Fall

About the book:

Title: Starr Fallstarr

Author: Kim Briggs

Published: November 4th 2016 by Inkspell Publishing

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.

When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.

Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.

By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review:

 

This is a great start for an amazing series. Though I cannot go all the way to 5 stars, I did enjoy it and I believe it will become a great success. The blurb says more than enough, so I will not spend more lines about the plot. But yes, Starr Bishop finds herself in a more than strange situation. Going to take an exam, only to find out it was actually to become a member of a mysterious Organization.

There are so many turns in this story and also in the behavior of the characters that one cannot get bored. Starr’s life will never be the same, always on the run, always worrying about the people she cares for. She’s lucky to have Christian by her side – an unexpected support, judging by the first pages. Still, he has his own secrets I believe – or at least this is the impression I was left with at the end of part one.

Sunshine can’t stay in the shadows forever.

The action focuses more on Starr’s escape from the Organization and her getting close to Christian. I would have wanted to find out more about this mysterious group and why they were so interested in her to begin with. She does show courage, strength and determination. But from here to become an assassin or spy… there’s plenty of road to walk on. There is also one coincidence later the book (can’t say due to spoiler material) with which I am not quite confortable, mostly because it did not feel as real as the rest of the scenes.

Later. One little word with so much promise.

To conclude, I did find this first book very enjoyable, even though it left me with a lot of unanswered questions. But hey, why would we need a second book if it were not for these mysteries? So just an advice, read the first one, and then dive in to the next J Enjoy!

About the Authorkim

Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17 year old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall will debut November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing, followed by Starr Lost in January 2017.

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.

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She shares writing love with her INK Sister Alison Green Myers at INK Sisters Write http://INKSistersWrite.Blogspot.com

 

Audiobook Review: The Sheikh’s Diamond (Sheikh’s Wedding Bet #1)

About the Book:leslie

Title: The Sheikh’s Diamond (Sheikh’s Wedding Bet #1)

Author: Leslie North

Published: June 23rd 2016 by Leslie North

Received: from the author, in exchange for a review

Format: Audobook

Narrated by: Rose DeMarco

Blurb:

Sheikh Masoud Khalidizack is terminally bored by palace life. With his elder brother inheriting his father’s responsibilities and his younger brother treating life like one big party, he often feels left behind. When a family friend suggests a bet to see which brother will be left unwed at the end of the year, Masoud thinks it is impossible to lose and he’s already making plans on what to do with the prize – Muharraq Island.

That all changes with the arrival of headstrong Fleur Summers, a beautiful archaeologist bent on finding the legendary Solomon Diamond. It was once part of the Khalidizack family’s heritage, but now it is lost to history. Her reputation depends on finding it and putting it into a museum, but the distractingly handsome Sheikh who hired her certainly isn’t helping. In fact, Masoud intends to restore the diamond to its rightful place – in the Khalidizack palace.

Now, they have to overcome their mutual mistrust and simmering attraction to find the artifact that could bring glory to them both. In a race against ruthless rivals that spans continents, finding the prize will bring them together or destroy one of their lives.

My Review:

Ok this is a first for me. It is my first book involving Sheikh Romance and I must admit I kind of liked it. I have received an audio version from the author in exchange for an honest review so my rating is for the overall quality of the story and writing + narrator.

Starting with the big list of positives, I really really enjoyed the adventures Fleur and Masoud embark when deciding to find Solomon’s diamond. In this exotic context, the sheikh becomes attracted to the archaeologist Fleur Summers. Her passion and her devotion towards uncovering history have aroused his interest. Travelling with her for days to find a precious jewel that will secure his family’s ruling only gets him more attracted to her and thus his desire to have her. This mix of adventure and passion is great and give the story of big big plus. It’s simply something new and refreshing.

Analyzing a little the characters, Sheikh Masoud Khalidizack is used to women falling for him, especially for his money. When he meets someone clearly focused on something else but his looks and wealth, he becomes intrigued and even more committed to have her. Fleur is so caught up in continuing her parents’ research on the diamond that the romantic involvement does not seem as important as her mission to prove the existence of the jewel. Yes, definitely she sees the gorgeous man in front of her but she understands she only needs her to find a diamond and she needs him to approve for research on his land.

For the most part of the book, the focus is on finding the diamond, but when this is out of the way that is a shift towards the romantic aspect. Sort of like “Business first, pleasure later”.

Now here come some things I did not quite enjoy. From writing perspective, I would have wanted a little more insight into the sheikh’s culture, except the wealth. Also in the beginning, it all starts with a bet between the brothers and one would think this was a focus point as well. But no, until the end of the book I completely forgot about it. So for this story the bet was not significant at all. It may be for the other books in the series.  We shall wait and see. Last on my list of dislikes is the narrator. I could not relate to her interpretation of Masoud and most of the other male characters. I had the impression everybody was angry or ironical, probably because there’s a lot of muttering. The sheikh was more like a grumpy man.

To close up, I am going with 4 stars for the story but 3 for the narrator. An adventure with a lot of romance is a perfect combination for a great read. Hope you like it at least as much as I did.

About the Author:leslie2

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

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Cover Reveal: Blood Moon

 

Blood Moon
Series- The Superiors # 1
Genre- New Adult Urban Fantasy
By- Lena Hillbrand
Expected Release Date- February 1, 2017

 

A world divided
 
In a world where vampires reign supreme, humans are little more than livestock. Their sole purpose is to satisfy their masters’ appetites.
 
A chance encounter
 
When Draven Castle, a lowly vampire who owns no livestock, captures a runaway human child, he defies his government for the first time in a century and takes what is not his to take—her blood.
 
Fates intertwined

 

 

Years later, he encounters Cali, the same human girl, now forced to work in a dangerous profession. As the secret they shared draws him back to her time and again, he realizes they are not as different as the government would have them believe. Humans are not just brainless animals. They are people. But if he is to save Cali from her cruel master, he must do more than remember his own humanity—he must forget it.

 

Cover Reveal: No Good Dead

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No Good Dead by Dana Volney

COVER REVEAL

1/26/17

Release Date: February 22, 2017

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I’ll kill you if you touch her.

Able

Blood on my hands isn’t anything new.

I’ve been killing my whole life and it’s not protecting the innocent type bullsh*t either.

I do it because I want to.

Because I can.

Nothing can stop me from getting what I want.

Except her.

Teagan

My sister died protecting others, she gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Now I’ll catch the murderer who did it.

Except I’m the one who gets caught.

The web of lies that is being spun around me is increasing and I can’t stop it.

I need help.

I need him.

Able and Teagan must decide if an assassin and a do-gooder can overcome their pasts to build a future. One in which they both survive.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

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Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming, where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Splitting her time between telling sexy, fast-paced suspense stories and sweet holiday romances, she likes to try new adventures in real life whenever she can (which, let’s face it, means tasting all sorts of delicious cuisines). Dana is bold, adventurous, and—by her own admission—good with plants, having kept a dwarf lemon tree alive for six months.

Book Review: Remember For Me

About the Book:remember

Title: Remember for Me

Author: Diana Tarant Schmidt

Published: May 25th 2016 by Open Books

Blurb:

Clara Eros thought her life was ending with Alzheimer’s. She was mistaken. A war between good and evil has raged for as long as humanity has existed, and the balance of power between its forces has always remained equal. But that longstanding balance has begun to shift, and the survival of mankind may be at risk. What is the source of this duality, and how do the proponents of light and darkness use humans to further their cause?

When Clara Eros awakens with no memory, her questions are fundamental: who is she; and why is she here? The answer she receives is predetermined and singular: she has been recruited to fight a battle against the reign of darkness.

But is Clara just a pawn in a much larger game? Once her transformation is complete, Clara finds herself, in body and mind, as a younger, stronger version of the person she can no longer remember, and now she must search for the common thread hidden within malevolence and turn the tide in a war where humanity is succumbing to chaos and brutality. Will she be strong enough to bring humanity back into the light?

My Review:

As I was mentioning in my previous articles, I have a big pile of ARCs, some waiting to be reviewed, other waiting to be read as well! The problem with having so many ARCs, I have to choose which one to start with. I tried to apply the first-in-first-out rule but it doesn’t work much since it mostly depends on what am I in the mood for. And the day comes when I look around my ARCs to choose the next one and I feel sorry I did not select it earlier!

“Remember For Me” is a book with a meaning that remains beyond its pages. I was captured mostly by the idea and how the author decided to create a story around it. The beginning might seem a bit difficult to follow, but once you get a grip of what is actually told, for sure you’ll be as mesmerized as I was.

The idea that there is more to life than sickness, the idea that good and evil must coexist in a balance are both explained in tight relation with religious aspects from different cultures. And around this balance we have our main character, Clara Eros, who plays a bigger role than she possibly imagined.

Have you ever thought what happens after we are gone from this world? Maybe nothing awaits us, or maybe we are awakened to a greater version of ourselves. This book raises a lot of questions and is the type of story that sticks with you long after you’ve closed it. I loved it and I loved how the author created an amazing story around Cancer, Alzheimer, Good, Evil, Religion, concepts which have such powerful influence in our life.