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Jul
15

Review: Back to Us by Christi Barth

Review: Back to Us by Christi Barth Back to Us Author: Christi Barth Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Christi Barth is another new-to-me author and may I say, “So far, so good.”  After reading Back to Us, book three in the Shore Secrets series at Barth’s request, I wish I had read the first two.  The story can absolutely stand on its own and doesn’t require reading from the start of the series, but Back to Us is on the short side at under 300 pages.  I had the sense that reading Up to Me and All for You would have filled out the book with history and sub-text in a way that...
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Jul
8

Review: The Glass Arrow

Review: The Glass Arrow The Glass Arrow Author: Kristen Simmons Reviewer: Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Glass Arrow is set in a future Earth dystopia.  In this alternative future, women have been reduced to little more than cattle, bought and sold at public auction.  When the female population rises too high, female infants and children are murdered.  If they reach their young teens, they are used for breeding, entertainment, and labor.  Once they are “used up,” often by the time they are forty, they are tossed aside, usually dying from drug overdose or illness.  A girl’s best hope is that whomever buys her is so in love that he keeps...
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Jun
10

Review: If You’re Not the One by Jemma Forte

Review: If You’re Not the One by Jemma Forte If You’re Not the One Author: Jemma Forte Reviewer: Nima Rating: D What I’m Talking About: If You’re Not the One had an intriguing premise.  It piqued my interest and I was excited to start the book.  Unfortunately, what began with great promise did not deliver.  Main character Jennifer Wright is dissatisfied with a life that has all the appearances of something good—two healthy kids, slim figure, nice house, two cars, financially able to stay home, with good friends.  Jennifer feels guilty that she’s unhappy and like many depressed people, tries to will herself into gratitude and good spirits.  I was really rooting for her when she got proactive,...
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May
27

Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James Suddenly One Summer Author: Julie James Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Suddenly One Summer will be released just in time for your summer vacation.  It’s definitely one you want to earmark for poolside enjoyment.  It is a light, romantic story without a lot of conflict.  It’s the kind of no-stress read with a happy ending that you want when the sun is hot and you don’t want to concentrate that hard.  Let’s be real, no one reads Tolstoy at the beach.  That doesn’t mean, however, that Suddenly One Summer isn’t well written.  The fact that it only follows a single plot requires it to be tight,...
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May
12

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Romp by Katie MacAlister

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Romp by Katie MacAlister A Midsummer Night’s Romp Author: Katie MacAlister Reviewer: Nima Rating: C- What I’m Talking About: A Midsummer Night’s Romp is the second installment in the Ainsley Brothers series.  The Ainsley brothers are part of a large crew that have been adopted by Lord and Lady Ainsley.  Set in modern day England, there is no real money left in this unusual aristocratic family and each of the children must find their own way in the world.  Still, they are a close family and enjoy being in each other’s business.  A Midsummer Night’s Romp focuses on the second eldest Ainsley brother, Gunner, who still lives at the family castle. Although this...
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Apr
29

Review: Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

Review: Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove Joe Steele Author: Harry Turtledove Reviewer: Nima Rating: C- What I’m Talking About: Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili was born in the Soviet Union in 1878.  When he was in his 30s, he took the name Stalin from the Russian for “man of steel.”  What if Joseph Stalin’s parents had immigrated to the United States before he was born, making him a full citizen and eligible, like any other American-born citizen, to run for president?  Joe Steele is author Harry Turtledove’s game of “what if” Stalin were in the White House? The average reader with a cursory memory of high school history will be able to follow the alterations to our...
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Apr
15

Review: Sanguine Mountain by Jennifer Foxcroft

Review: Sanguine Mountain by Jennifer Foxcroft Sanguine Mountain Author: Jennifer Foxcroft Reviewer: Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Sanguine Mountain’s title suggests a story of vampires and blood.  There is blood, although very little, and there are vampire—bats.  Neither Lestat nor Edward Cullen are sneaking in anyone’s windows.  The only creatures of the night in this tale are actual bats.  In a new take on the vampire myth, this is a much more Wild Kingdom approach to a teen love story. Rockland or “Rocks” is descended from a centuries old culture called the Camazotz that was magically transformed into bats to evade and conquer their enemies.  They have shunned the advances of the world...
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Mar
30

Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton Love After All Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I’m not exactly sure how to review Love After All, book 4 in the Hope Series.  It is a very predictable narrative because there’s virtually no plot.  Parts of it are even cliché for the regular romance reader. There is a quote from the book that sums up the plot in its entirety, “For them, it had just…happened.”  So why on earth did I give it a B+?  Why did I even finish the book? Because I just… liked it. Chelsea Gardner and Sebastian “Bash” Palmer have known each other forever.  Their love story is...
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Mar
6

Review: Playing with Fire by Kat Black

Review: Playing with Fire by Kat Black Playing with Fire Author: Kat Black Reviewer: Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I admit it, I have literary hang-ups.  Among the worst offenders to me are titles that have little or nothing to do with the story, messy endings, and anything from words to whole phrases that are painfully overused.  Unfortunately, “Playing with Fire” is a desperately overused title in the romance genre.  An Amazon search yielded over 8,000 books of the same name.  Don’t let that put you off, however, because after I finished rolling my eyes, I discovered it’s worth the read. Playing with Fire is the sequel to Melting Ms. Frost by British author...
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Feb
17

Reviews: The First Kiss + Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

Reviews: The First Kiss + Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes The First Kiss Kiss Me Hello Author: Grace Burrowes Reviewer: Nima Rating: B and B+ What I’m Talking About: The First Kiss and Kiss Me Hello are the second and third books in the Sweetest Kisses series.  The First Kiss tells the story of two damaged people, concert pianist Vera Waltham and contract attorney James Knightly. James is the youngest of three brothers who partner together in a family law firm.  He has been damaged by too much life experience.  Vera has been damaged by a lack of it.  From an early age, her career came first and the people around her worked tirelessly to keep her sheltered so...
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