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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Weep a While Longer by Penny Freedman

Weep a While LongerWeep a While Longer by Penny Freedman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am not always a fan of 'police investigations' unless they roll along nicely. This one did for a while then it slowed. Then other things got in the way.

Gina Gray is the top character in this book I would say, she not only is a woman working on the murder case but she is having some major family problems at home. I know this would allow the reader to make her feel more 'real' and not just someone who is an Investigator working for the Police. It worked, but it distracted sometimes away from the sole purpose of her work.

I didn't feel the urge to keep picking up my Kindle like I had done with lots of other books.

This is book 4 in this series. I haven't read the other books, and after saying what I have, I would never be adverse to not pick up one of her books again, after all, not everything a chef cooks is perfect right?! Doesn't mean we write them off and never allow them to cook for us again, it was just that this book didn't hold my attention.


I would like to thank the author and of course the publisher Troubador Publishing Ltd via Net Galley for my copy



'I saw them,' I say. 'I saw them this afternoon.' And then, stupidly, 'How can they be dead?' 

The fourth in a series of crime novels featuring Gina Gray and DCI David Scott, Weep A While Longer sets cosy Middle England against a dark crime. 

Picking up her granddaughter from nursery one summer afternoon, Gina Gray notices a mother and child with a dog. A few hours later she sees their faces on the TV screen, victims of a brutal murder. DCI David Scott, Gina’s semi-detached partner, is determined to keep her out of the investigation but nothing can prevent her from witnessing the case’s terrifying dénouement. 

The murder case is not the only thing preoccupying her, however. Her mother, her granddaughter, her job, her house invaded by her daughter’s student friends, the costumes for open air Shakespeare in the Minster grounds and, not least, her relationship with David Scott, all combine to distract her. As the police pursue the killer, Gina’s life at work and at home is running out of control. When the crash comes, just how bad will it be?





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Set Me Free by Melissa Pearl

Set Me Free (A Fugitive #2)Set Me Free by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As you read the comments below by Philomena [one of my book buddies]she is right, I was gushing about book one. I told her on the phone how much I LOVED it. I couldn't wait for book 2, so I purchased it.

We pick up where Zach and Lucy are in this superbly written novel. I started it at 9am when family life settled down in our home and read right through until I finished it a little after 1am. I really needed to stay with this story because I knew I wouldn't sleep. I love reading, and books open up a 'movie' in my head and who wants to leave in the middle of a movie!!! I know I don't.

Melissa Pearl is a new author to me. I have found another author that suits my style of reading. This is why I LOVE my hobby of reading and reviewing for authors because of the authors I chat to online and 'meet' and obviously the great books I read.


Reading so many books makes my markings just that more harder, a book really has to stand out from the crowd to give it a 5 star rating. This did, but with some reservations as a book 2.


I was discussing with my book buddy on the phone how the author kept going over book 1 and what happened in it, it was so annoying me. But she gave another slant on it that I hadn't thought of.....if I had to wait a few months for book 2, wouldn't I need my mind refreshing? I sat and thought that over, and yes, she could be right, however, I do feel it was gone over a little too much within the book itself, maybe a recap at the front? Then pick up and move on? That obviously is MY OWN OPINION and not the deciding factor of course, that's what makes reviewers/readers unique, in that we all see things from different angles. That then makes a bigger picture in a deciding factor to purchase or not to purchase.

I would most definitely say...purchase. Read book one first though because jumping into book 2 is not the way to go, it really needs to be read in order.


I REALLY loved the story and the people in it, they were all realistic, the story was real. It played out as my own personal movie. Forgot the popcorn though!!!

Oh I need to say, I didn't find the cover appealing.


Lucy Tate has spent the last 5 years on the run. That is, until she met Zach, the one guy she couldn’t bear to leave even though it could cost both of them their lives.

Hunted by a crooked FBI agent who killed her parents, Lucy has taken on one disguise after the next. But Zach knows exactly who she is and in spite of mounting evidence indicating her guilt in her parents’ death, he knows she’s innocent.

Convinced that it’s time to put her years on the run behind her, Zach and Lucy vow to fight back, clear her name, and take down the real killer.

With support from Zach’s loyal friends and his uncle, an investigative reporter, they set out on a dangerous mission hoping that the truth...will set them free.
 






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Monday, 26 January 2015

One Among Us by Paige Dearth

One Among UsOne Among Us by Paige Dearth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Graphic, disturbing, emotional, awe inspiring story once again from Paige Dearth.

I had read a previous book by this author so I kinda knew how she wrote. I do find when she is using narratives that she comes over a bit lack of emotional description, but apart from that I found this book much better than her last one I read.

I need to explain that its graphic, its about children/trafficking/abuse, so expect a complete truth and no fussing about.


This author has experience first hand in that horrible area of life, for some they may find it hard to read, so be warned. Anything that is like this is hard to read, but, its FACTS its what goes on, its real life, and the more people are aware of this the more signs we can see where we can protect our children.

Although this is fiction, its a hard handed, hard banded realism story.

Thanks for AuthorBuzz via Net Galley for this book


Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is an average suburban girl known for her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, her life’s path is tragically altered when Maggie is ripped from her family and thrust into the horrific underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie watches over a young boy, who gives her a reason to live. Robbed of her innocence and freedom, Maggie does whatever it takes to survive.

With the help of Detective Rae Harker, the Clarkes’ frantically search for their daughter. Haunted by his own demons, Detective Harker vows to find Maggie—dead or alive. Meanwhile on the vile streets of Philadelphia, a strange man approaches Maggie with a dangerous proposition, and she risks everything to break free of the network of unsavory characters that control her. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life.

Raw, edgy, and intense, One Among Us ultimately offers hope through Maggie, who grows stronger and more resourceful through her experiences. You’ll be on the edge of your seat, rooting for Maggie as she fights for her life







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I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl

I Know Lucy (A Fugitive #1)I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am ashamed to say I have had this book to review from a review group on GOODREADS for a couple of months now. I was behind in my reviews, but have now caught up.

I read the blurb with this one and fancied it might be something I would like to read. You never know when you choose a book by an author you have never heard of or read one of their books before right?

My God I was blown away by this story.

Melissa Pearl writes superbly and with great style, it was so easy to follow and actually loose yourself in it that you forgot what time it was. I started it at 9pm and finished it at 4am! I was shattered the next day, but oh boy no regrets. I must admit I tried to put my Kindle down but my mind wouldn't rest. I had to pick it up and couldn't settle until I read to the end.............

Until.......

There is a book 2.........a book 2 guys, I need to go straight onto that one. I didn't plan on reading it as I didn't realize there was a book two lol, but I NEED to know what happens.

I am kidding you not, at first I thought, oh yea, another YA book [and here I am 56 years old] with sex, love, teasing and bad language, but I was OH SO VERY WRONG. This is a thriller. Yes, I would defo put it down to a thriller/love/suspense story.

I have read YA books, and enjoyed them, but sometimes there are so many similarities I get a bit bored, this one took me by my tail and swung me around.

This easily goes into my top 5 of this month of January 2015!



Highly recommended.


Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's spent five years in hiding -- taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can't be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else...the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed






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Follow The Leader by Mel Sherratt

Follow The Leader (DS Allie Shenton, #2)Follow The Leader by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

DUE FOR RELEASE VERY SOON

I just have to give this top marks, why?
Because:

1. I got into the story right away and wasn't distracted
2. It kept its pace throughout
3. Easy to follow
4. No matter that we learnt the culprit at first few chapters it held its magical powers of keeping from getting bored.


Let me explain my first reason [1] There is nothing better for me than picking up a book and reading the first couple of chapters and me 'getting it' and a feeling that "oh this is gonna be a good 'un" and not wanting to put it down.

[2] It was a nice steady pace, as you would think the DI/Police/Investigations would go. Its REALISM.

[3] The author made it clear, clean cut through out, easy to follow the characters, easy to keep up with 'each' person in each chapter. Not at all confusing as some I have read in the past.

[4] Sometimes, its disappointing don't you think? when the author lets the "cat out of the bag" and you either guess or predict who the culprit is. WHO DONE IT!!! ah yes I know! then the book goes a different way for you because its predicted, your right, and then last page you are saying "well, I knew that was going to happen, or, I knew it was him/her"

Not so in this case, as I said, Mel Sherratt lets us know early on who it is, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The blurb tells you a bit about what the book is about, so I don't like to give too much more details out. Its not fair on the reader. I wouldn't like it.


I am a great fan of this author, I have yet to fit in a couple more of her books. But being a regular reviewer for a hobby that I have, its hard to fit everything in [as I am sure lots of reviewers know!!] I can't wait to catch up with some more of her books.

I saw this author from day one, a book buddy friend of mine read her book, she told me, and then from there we have regularly stalked her for each book that comes out.

I am so happy to say that I received this copy from Amazon Publishing on Net Galley who kindly allows me free selection

Thank you Mel for a great read! Looking forward to more


A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a magnetic letter in the shape of an E.

Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.

As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.

The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next. The rules are simple but deadly—to catch the killer, they must follow the leader.

From the acclaimed author of Taunting the Dead comes a flesh-creeping tale of a child's game with a terrifying, grown-up twist. This is the second book in the DS Allie Shenton series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.






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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First let me say, there has been so much hype about this book I put off reading it for a few weeks. I suppose I was reluctant to read it seeing as a book buddy of mine said she was struggling with it. I know we have similar tastes in books usually.

When something is hyped up so much you tend to have your expectations so high that it fails to be met by the time you get around to reading it [or if its a film....watching it]

This is primarily a story of three individual women.

Rachel takes the front row I think, she is the Girl on the Train. She is used to travelling back and forth on the train to work. The passes the home where she used to live with her ex. Now her ex is with someone else.


Once I got used to each chapter being written under the guise of each person, made a note of the date of the heading of each chapter in my head it all sort of came into play really. First it was really like travelling on a train.....slowly at the start, then you get right into the experience and you don't want to get off! This is how I felt about reading this.

What I loved about this story was, it was different. Paula Hawkins and a well thought out story here that keeps you travelling onwards. I really couldn't get off the wreckage of this storyline, the twist at the end was good, really good.

Because of reading so many books each year, once in a while you get a book that really stands out from all the others, and this is the one. What a wonderful start to my reading experiences for the New Year of 2015.

By the way, the concept to it being compared to Gone Girl, don't you believe it, its nothing like it! This is brilliant in its own right.


I would like to thank Random House UK, Transworld Publishers Via Net Galley for the opportunity to read such an excellent book


Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…





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Friday, 16 January 2015

Last Family Standing by Jennifer AlLee

Last Family StandingLast Family Standing by Jennifer AlLee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This poor Mother gave up her daughter over 25 years ago, she never forgot her. Not a day went by without her thinking and worrying over her. And did she make the right decision.


She gets to go on a reality TV show to be reunited with her daughter.

We have all watched these heartbreaking shows haven't we. The ones were you need your tissues, your eyes run all down your cheeks. Well, this story is no exception.

This takes you beyond the TV show, Mother and daughter reunited, how will it work out?

These book has every emotion conceivable in it, you will love it.


I am happy to say that Abingdon Press gave me an advanced copy via Net Galley which I devoured


Twenty-five years ago, Monica Stanton gave up a baby girl for adoption. Now, the thing Monica didn’t dare hope for has happened: Jessica has reentered her life . . . and brought a little drama and competition with her. Jessica is willing to meet her birth mother, but she wants the reunion to air on a reality TV show. Monica would rather chew glass than appear on TV. But she’ll swallow her pride—and a few other unsavory items—if that’s what it takes to reconnect.

As if getting to know her grown daughter while competing on a remote island isn’t hard enough, Monica is further confused when Jessica’s long-lost birth father shows up, complicating both her relationship with her daughter and the attraction Monica has to the hunky reality show host. The fruit-basket upset of emotions, accusations, and regrets might make for good TV, but will it destroy the family in the process?




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Presumption of Guilt by Marti Green

Presumption of GuiltPresumption of Guilt by Marti Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to be granted this read from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley.


There has been varied reviews on this book by Marti Green, and that is good, because we all have different varying degrees of what we like, what love, what we enjoy. In my humble opinion it gives a good rounded idea to anyone thinking of purchases it.


I for one loved this read.


We have Molly who was convicted of murdering her parents. She has been in prison now for years missing her daughter Sophie growing up.

A lot of prisoners say they are not guilty, but when Molly was being interviewed in her teenage years, many hours being questioned, she later retracts her guilt. Too late. Its the only unadmissable proof they have that she killed her parents.

Was Molly too late to please her innocence?

There are plenty of underlying twists in how Molly got to be imprisoned.

Some reviewers say that the pace is too slow. I personally do not think so because it gives the reader facts to take on board, and like most police cases, the evidence can reveal slowly, sometimes many years.


Attorney Dani Trumball is a specialist in helping wrongly imprisoned men and women to appeal. But they cannot take on all the 'wrongly' imprisoned folk, they sift through the contacts daily. Not all are innocent. Not all can be helped.

Dani see's something in this case that intrigues her, urges her on. Even her Boss tries to steer her away from the case, but to no avail.

Is there more to Molly's imprisonment than meets the eye?

My verdict:

I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and will certainly be looking closely at this authors work.



Twelve years ago, teenager Molly Singer was tried and convicted for murdering her parents. She was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, torn away from her newborn daughter, and forsaken by those closest to her. But now, a series of anonymous letters proclaim her innocence?and point a finger at a deadly conspiracy.

Attorney Dani Trumball specializes in defending the wrongfully imprisoned at the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. But taking Molly's case means taking on a hard-hearted justice system that doesn't like do-overs?and a merciless killer who will do anything to keep a secret history of dirty deals buried. Only the truth will set Molly free and reunite her broken family. And only Dani has any chance of finding it in a showdown that will push her legal talents?and her survival skills?to the very edge.




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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby

Passing Through PerfectPassing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite authors. I so remember the time when she approached me on GOODREADS and thought I might enjoy her books. She offered me Cracks in the sidewalk to read and review, since then I have been hooked on each book she writes.

Passing through Perfect.

I wondered why Bette Lee Crosby would come up with this title, I found out half way through the book. I sighed, yes I literally sighed when I saw where it came from. I also feel how true that can be in life, Passing through perfect. Think on it, not all our lives are perfect, but once [if we are lucky] maybe more than once, we pass through a time in our life that is just 'perfect'.

We are thrown back to the 1950's in Alabama. Whites and blacks are segregated. Own schools, one half of a part in a store for blacks [or as they called them all then 'coloreds'] no matter where they came from, all were classified as the same. Coloreds. Some shop windows had signs up where it read 'No coloreds' meaning no one other than white folk could enter.

I can honestly say, I hate reading about those times in history as I am not a racist.

The author brings this book to life right from the very first page. This is book 3, and it follows on brilliantly from book 2.

Benjamin Church returns home after millions of soldiers have been away fighting.
We learn that Benjamin had hopes for learning how to become a pilot and fly his own plane, however, that didn't turn out that way, he did fall into becoming a mechanic though.

Upon Benjamin's return to Alabama and his home which is a farm off of a dirt track called Grinder's Corner he meets up with his father Otis. He can see his Father is ailing and heartbroken from the time he lost his wife and he feels it too, he misses his Mother. But things need to be done on the farm to get it bringing in money again, so Benjamin gets stuck in.

Soon there is a harvest festival which Benjamin attends. His father and a friend thought he might link up with a certain lady there, but although Benjamin danced with her and was very gentlemanly someone else caught his eye, it was Delia. Not all went smooth for them as you will find out when you read this.

I loved the Southern brawl within the chapters. It brings it home so well.

I really admire authors who write according to accents, according to realism and Bette Lee Crosby surely does this. Why try to use the Queens English on a person who comes from Ireland, Newcastle or indeed Alabama, keeping it real is part of why I adore this authors work.

Plus, I really love that accent too, I had a friend who spoke just like it, reading it was surely a treat to me.

Benjamin, how I loved Benjamin. A polite, feeling, loyal, kind, trustworthy guy with a deep roots of justice.

How he Fathered and was raising his son was a joy to read every step of the way.

I could get so carried away writing more and more of this story because there is so much in it.


There were several things I took away with me:

Black or white, there is good and bad within everyone.

Benjamin saw beyond certain ways of why people acted or reacted in ways not acceptable, and he knew when to be quiet.

His sense of quietness and humility came out so many times within this story.

The acceptance of "I am black, I cannot sit with white people at their table...." when invited.
His staying at a bed and breakfast and finding one breakfast room and no split between tables. "Is this the only place to sit and eat breakfast"

This really humbled me, to think back as to how black [colored] folk were treated and the acceptance.

It was brilliantly handled by this author.

Great story, well handled and kept me rooted to my spot until I finished it.


I would like to thank Bette Lee Crosby for contacting me when she has her new books out for me to read. I so feel special in being able to read them.


+This is an unbiased review. Just because I get a book gifted to me I still write honest reviews on how the book made me feel or had what impression on me+

I HAVE TO SAY, I RELATED THIS BOOK TO MY HUSBAND WHO SUBSEQUENTLY WENT ON TO READ AND ENJOY IT.


It's 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven't. Grinder's Corner is as it's always been--a hardscrabble burp in the road. It's not much, but it's home.

When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she's the one. They fall madly in love: happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn't matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It's true Benjamin has little to offer; he's a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that's how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn't leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.







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Previously Loved Treasures by Bette Lee Crosby

Previously Loved Treasures (Serendipity #2)Previously Loved Treasures by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 2 in this series. I had been anxiously awaiting this one and was so excited when I got my copy in advance to read before it even left to be printed. I just love, adore, and am so eager for each book this author writes. I have a thirst in me for her books that will never be quenched.

This book starts where the last one left off. Ida is now all alone in her house.Jim her husband is now dead. She is now rattling around in this huge house, and she is in need of some income. So she decided to open it as a boarding house. This is where the excitement begins.

It was fantastic getting to know her boarders individually, and we see them develop along the way with their own
idiocracies.

Whilst doing up the rooms for the boarders she decorates and builds the rooms up with Previously loved treasures. They are more than 'second hand goods' they each have a story.

James is Ida's son, we know how he this story went and why James was no longer part of his parents life. But that was when the father was still alive, now its different, so Ida wants to go look for him.

This is a really touching part in this read, I found a tear escaping now and again down my cheek.


Peter Pennington is the owner of Previously Loved Treasures. As soon as anyone steps inside, he knows exactly what they are looking for as if by magic.

I cannot go on and on telling more and more of the story, as its so indepth and besides, I would spoil it for you. So I am going to leave it at that.

Its simply one of the best of this authors work. But then, I always say that with each book she writes!!


I would like to thank Bette Lee Crosby for providing me with a copy of this book way before it was released. That is why I am late in writing this review, I have been waiting for it to be released and missed the release date.

Did you purchase it? Well, go ahead, you won't be disappointed, read book one first.


In Previously Loved Treasures recently widowed Ida Sweetwater and her granddaughter come together in a heartwarming mystery rich with imagination and magic. 

Struggling to make ends meet, Ida turns her home into a boarding house and goes in search of used furniture. This quest leads to the Previously Loved Treasures shop and Peter Pennington, a delightfully strange proprietor who anticipates people’s needs. In addition to bargains, Peter hands out sage advice. When a pocket watch belonging to one of the residents goes missing for a second time he warns of danger—but will Ida’s granddaughter listen and will she heed his advice?

This is a story that resonates with Crosby’s heartwarming albeit quirky characters and the joy of a pay-it-forward philosophy






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Monday, 12 January 2015

Sweetened With a Kiss by Lexxi Callahan

Sweetened With a Kiss (Southern Style, #1)Sweetened With a Kiss by Lexxi Callahan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say thank you to the author Lexxi Callahan for contacting me and asking if I would like to consider reading and reviewing her series.

I readily agreed, I'm a sucker for a good romantic story as long as it has what I term Umph in it!

1. Sexy
2. Not run of the mill Mills and Boon type
3. Angst
4. Twists


This had all of that.

Here is a young girl who has a crush on a guy [Stefan] for life long..........then as she gets older she gets her chance......ring on finger......"she is mine"

But something goes wrong.


I can't wait to stick my nose into book 2



Jen Taylor has loved Stefan Sellers all her life. When he surprised her with an engagement ring, she thought all her dreams were coming true. But when she discovers Stefan has an agenda that she never even suspected, she breaks off the engagement and goes to pastry school in Paris. Now she's back in New Orleans, and she has no intention of marrying him for all the wrong reasons. She just has to convince him that marriage is a bad idea. If only she wasn't having so much trouble convincing herself.

Stefan Sellers has waited years to make Jen his wife so when she wanted to go to pastry school, he decided a few more months wouldn't matter. But six months later, the girl he picks up from the airport shows very little resemblance to the quiet, sweet girl he let fly away from him. The girl that came back from Paris is wearing five inch stilettos and waving an attitude that is laying waste to everything Stefan ever thought he knew about Jen. His calm, methodical approach to life is suddenly under siege and he can't seem to keep his hands off her.

Sweetened with a Kiss is a slightly steamy somewhat angsty contemporary romance set in New Orleans. There are no vampires but there are a lot of secrets and pastry. Intended for mature audiences. (There's some language. What can I say? They're guys.)

Chapter 1 is available to read now on Goodreads and there is a discount code at the end of the chapter.
 






View all my reviews Solving for Nic (Southern Style, #2)Solving for Nic by Lexxi Callahan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After reading book 1 in this series, I was really looking forward to book 2. I can't say this book was as good as the first one, it was like the author put a lot of work into the first one to get it right, but this one seemed to be all over the place. I tried to keep up, I really did, but its a busy book 2!

Here we have Nic. He's a 'love 'em and leave 'em' type guy. Seeing that Lizzie was way too young and inexperienced in book 1 to start a relationship, we learnt he held back, mind you, Lizzie's father was enough to put him off offering him castration!!!

But now Lizzie is older, she can make her mind up, Nic wants Lizzie and what Nic wants, Nic always gets.

There are times of misunderstandings, there is HOT HOT steamy scenes [watch out for your glasses steaming up]
there is angst.

I gave it a 3 star, which is still good, its just a little too busy for me to keep up.

The annoying bits was when repetativeness came into play, the gushing on HOW WONDERFUL this person was, or AMAZING or HOT. It just bored me a little.

Rounded it off though, it was a good read. But I did prefer book 1

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