Embracing Hope – Review

38152216Introducing Ann Laurel’s first Christian contemporary romance series – Valley Springs. Meet 5 couples from Valley Springs and take the journey through life’s struggles and hardships into the fullness of a life of love and happy endings.

Book One – Embracing Hope. Single mother Riley struggles with raising her baby, Zeke, by herself. Too many wrong choices lead her down a path of destruction. Young Pastor Micah set in motion help for single mothers and extends his hand to Riley. Will she accept his help before it is too late?

Valley Springs Novel Series – Embracing Hope, Embracing Life, Embracing Purpose, Embracing Love, and Embracing Courage – can be read as stand-alones or within the series.

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3 of 5 Stars

Sadly, I didn’t like the book, I struggled to finish it, I would’ve given less stars but it was probably my own fault for diving in something blindly.

First of all, it’s written in 3rd person, which I’m not used to read, I think first person would’ve been a lot better to show Riley’s feelings and struggles through the story.

Second, it’s a Christian book, I know, it says it in the description, but does it need to be so preachy? I’m not religious and I’ve read Christian romances before and they only mentioned it a few times or made the first character very devoted and it was a clean romance, which is fine, but when the hero is a Pastor, you know you are in for a hell (not pun intended) of a preaching ride.

Third, I feel like it could use a 2nd round of editing, the words “as” and “for” are used so many times, I can’t even explain how frustrating it was to read them again and again, as she waited, as she laid, as she read, as she rolled her eyes, as she considered to stop reading, as she rolled her eyes again, as she continued reading despite everything.

And fourth and last, Riley is the most immature mother I’ve ever read. The second time she held her baby, she he told him she was going to be the best mama for him, and made me smile, and then she go out partying and neglects her son? No, just no. I know she was struggling, but when you can’t root for your main character and instead you want social services to find a better home for that baby, it means something is wrong with the character developing.

I feel like I’m turning the book to pieces, it’s not my intention to be mean or harsh, but as I was given the book to read and give my honest opinion, here it is. I wish I could recommend it, but unless you are a strong religious person and can look past the editing issues, this isn’t really the right book for you.

ABOUT THE(1)

61TjygkBy9L._UX250_Ann Laurel writes inspirational western historical and Christian contemporary romance. All of her books are guaranteed to make you feel good when you reach the end.

Ann lives with her husband and children in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in the south. She enjoys raising Godly children, volunteering with her church, homemaking, and writing.

Ann plans to publish more western historical and Christian contemporary romances. All books are guaranteed clean and sweet.

Coming soon – her first contemporary romance series – Valley Springs. Five novels surrounding the small rural community of Valley Springs.

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Becoming Charlie – Review

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My name is Charlie, and I’m invisible. Well, not literally, but until one of the most popular guys at Eden High saved my life, nobody even knew I existed. Sean Reese gave me more than my life back that night. He gave me friendship.
And maybe, just maybe, I can save him, too.

Will he still be my friend when he finds out my secret?

 

 

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5 of 5 stars

I loved it. The journey that Charlie and Sean start after she was bullied by some of the “popular” kids of her school, it’s one to cherish. They became best friends, no doubt of it, and it changed Charlie’s life completely.

It’s not only a sweet story about 2 friends, it’s also a tool to open the eyes of all those girls that think being invisible will make them go through high school easier. Sean shows to Charlie that is not the best way and that she will regret a lot of things when she’s older. He helps her to discover herself, to regain a part of her life that was lost and to become the girl that she always wanted to be even when she didn’t know she wanted it.

I’m currently reading the part 2 in wattpad, and waiting the full release to complete this beautiful story.

ABOUT THE(1)

26734454_1642836619088407_4934065906267794955_n“Far from crazy, but equally as far from normal. There are voices in my head and I occasionally talk to them.” – Kristie Haigwood

K. S. Haigwood is the author of the Save My Soul, Eternal Island and Moonrising series. By day, she is a CNC Machinist, but by night and weekend, she saves the world or destroys it in a single bound, depending on what mood she is in and if she has had her coffee. In addition to being an award winner for the ‘Life Changing Read Award’, she has also been nominated twice for Best Indie Book 2016 in the Paranormal category.

Characterization is one of K.S. Haigwood’s strongest points. You can understand each characters’ predicaments and you can almost foresee their reactions. But. There’s always a but, with this author, because Haigwood can deliver enough twists and turns to turn a tornado on its head. Just as you think you’ve figured where the story is going next, she’s duped you again.

The whole of her novels are littered with good chuckle moments, and even in the darkest hour, the thinnest hint of a silver lining is still visible among the clouds.

Shock therapy for body and soul, delivered at a hundred miles an hour with the humor and charisma of a trendsetter, Haigwood is certain to be hailed the new wonder-drug to cure all ills.FacebookButtonTwitterButtonVisitWebsiteAdd-to-Goodreads

 

Asha’s Stone – Review

33141029Born in a small rural village south of Bangalore, Asha has always yearned to escape the trappings of traditional Indian life. Caught between an alcoholic father and an overbearing mother, Asha’s only comfort—and sense of safety—comes from the protective gaze of her childhood friend Wali. And though her world expands as she blossoms into adulthood, Asha remains torn between her duty to her family and her unending desire to chase her dreams.

When a whirlwind romance with wellborn Charu unexpectedly promises to bring order to her chaotic life, it appears Asha’s troubles have come to an end. But a tempest of betrayal soon threatens to drown her new fragile hope and Asha is forced to flee, more desperate and determined than ever. It is through this journey, over land and through her own inner struggles, that Asha begins to discover who she is and where she truly belongs.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of modern-day India, ASHA’S STONE weaves the poignant story of a young woman struggling to reconcile the past with the present, traditional culture with her unyielding independence, and a childhood relationship with unrequited love. This inspirational glimpse into coming of age in India proves just how powerful self-exploration, forgiveness, redemption and second chances can be.

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4 of 5 Stars

Asha is a young woman in search of independence and hoping to be able to make her dreams true. As any other young woman, you may be thinking. Well, not exactly…

This book is telling us the story of the struggles and frustrations of a girl that lives in a suppressed society where women are supposed to grow up fast and become wives and mothers, and be content and grateful for it.

But Asha is different than all those women; she seeks a life of her own, she has her own ideas and dreams and refuses to be shut down and to have her dreams crashed. Her journey is one that will put tears in your eyes as you follow a strong female character, fighting the world around her to break free.

I’m not sure of the nationality of the author, but if she’s not Indian, then she made a wonderful job researching their culture, despite of being a beautiful written and inspirational story, I enjoyed how much I learned and how much it spoke to me personally, reminding me that we can achieve our dreams and have the life that we deserve if we truly put our heart on it.

I give it only 4 stars because I think it was short, it’s only 80ish pages, and I wish it was a bit longer, it’s such a rich plot that I feel it could be turned into a full length novel with more details, but I loved it anyways.

 

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Tragedy and Desire – Review

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Surviving a recent breakup and the impending anniversary of her parents’ unsolved murder, Perla Fae resists the advances of a sexy as hell, bad boy billionaire in an effort to protect her heart.

Jax Maddox – wealthy, powerful, and a force to be reckoned with – has set his sights on the elusive beauty, but it’s not her heart he’s after. Or is it?

 

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4 of 5 stars

I went through so many different thoughts while reading this!

First, when I started reading this book, I was immediately pulled into the story; it starts with a heartbreaking scene that will leave you both angry and sad at the same time. Then someone else gets in the picture and I thought it was going to be a regular Romance in the work place. And then Mr. Maddox calls Perla to his office and makes her sign an NDA, and I rolled my eyes and thought “another 50 Shades remake”.

But then the story changed, and we were starting to know more about Perla and her sister’s past, their family and how they got to where they are now, and my perspective and opinion changed once again.

This isn’t the regular Billionaire & Cinderella story, Perla is nowhere close to being a Cinderella in this story, despite everything she had to go through in her life, with family and relationships, and despite the fact that she decided she didn’t want to take any more chances to get her heart broken, she is a strong, sweet and fun girl, that shows a great growth through the pages of the book and who I learned to love and cheer for until the end.

The book also has a suspense twist that separates it from the regular Romance stories. With different POVs and enough action to keep you guessing what’s going to happen next.

It was a great read, I would’ve loved to read more interactions between the characters, and not so many monologue-type thoughts, more dialogue would’ve been good, but I enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to book 2.

ABOUT THE(1)

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Nicole R. Locker is a resident of Lubbock, Texas, USA. She has a Master of Science in Psychology and a love for pit bulls, Pilates, and romance novels. (And men with Irish accents!) By day, Nicole supervises a team of 11 social workers, and by night, she likes to escape reality and write about Alpha men who can handle their business.

 

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Wolf’s Challenge – Review

32314081Taking risks, especially risks of the handsome male variety, is currently out of the question for Sydney Reid. She will make no exceptions for tall, gorgeous Derrick Porter. Never date a player–it’s rule number one in Sydney’s book, and the charming lawyer constantly devouring her with his eyes is every inch the reason. Despite her best efforts to keep Derrick in the friend zone, sparks fly between the two of them, and Sydney isn’t entirely sure she wants to throw water on the flames.

Can Derrick convince the shy, sexy Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive “maybe”? More importantly, should he? Derrick has a few secrets, the least shocking secret being that he can transform at will into a powerful wolf. He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her would be just as bad.

And with an obsessed stalker on their tails, more than their hearts are at issue.

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3 Stars

I was looking for a wolf shifter story for a while, I wanted a story where the shifter changed into a real wolf and not those awful hairy men with large teeth and claws. Wolf’s Challenge seemed to be what I was looking for, so I was very excited to start reading this story.

Sydney is a single mom that had several bad experiences with past relationships, she doesn’t want to make the same mistakes, so she had a few rules to avoid certain situations. No players. That was the first rule and why she shoved Derrick off the instant she met him. Why? Because of his sunglasses and chatting with two girls before their running practice. That was my first eye rolling to the book, a man is allowed to chat with girls and wear sunglasses early in a Sunday morning, right?

The judgmental part, made it a bit hard to connect with Sydney and root for her, but I could deal with it, after all, her past was the reason why she was like that, and when we learn more about the details of what happened with her ex boyfriend, it makes it a bit more understandable.

Derrick was nice, the feelings of guilt and need for closure were present in all of his present actions, the fear of rejection and to lose it all again, made him retreat more than once, even when he knew what was the right thing for him. Reading from his point of view was heartwarming and I can say he is my favorite character of the story, along with Angel, Sydney’s adoptive daughter.

Things that made it hard to love the book: Editing issues, missing words, and repeated words, made it hard for the story to flow and distracted me more than once during the most inconvenient scenes. We all know we are not perfect, but a second round of editing could benefit the book a lot.

Reasons why I give the book 3 stars and not a lower rating: It’s not just a shifter romance, it also has a mystery to solve, a crazy bipolar woman to hate, an entire new world to discover, and it opens the doors for the next books, because wolf shifters are not the only strange creatures out there, there are several other kinds that are mentioned and briefly introduced during the story, and I would love to read more about them.

ABOUT THE(1)

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A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. When I’m not writing about sexy, strong-willed characters facing nearly insurmountable obstacles, I enjoy spending time with my family, usually hiking or swimming or finding a new place to explore.

 

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Heartless (Amato Brothers, #1) – Review

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My obsession was born of innocence and good intentions, and it began the day I spotted a handwritten journal lying in the bushes outside a townhouse on Lexington Avenue. It was raining sideways that morning, and my plan was to return it the next day; safe and dry.

Only I kept it.

I kept it, and I read it.

A week later, overwhelmed with curiosity and feeling guilty for harboring secrets that didn’t belong to me, I tried to return it.

Only I wasn’t expecting to meet him.

Unapologetically heartless and enigmatically sexy, he claims he knows nothing about the journal I found outside his place, but the reticent glint in his blue-green gaze tells me otherwise.

There’s something different about him; something damaged yet magical, and I’m drawn to him; pulled into his orbit.

There’s just one problem.

The more I get to know him, the more I’m positive the journal belonged to him . . .

. . . and the more I find myself hoping, selfishly, that I’m wrong.

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4 of 5 stars

Aidy is a makeup artist living in New York with her sister and her nephew.  Her days are pretty much the same, focusing on her career and thinking about her future when her sister marry next year and she has to move out. She doesn’t have time to date, that’s why when she finds a journal on the porch of someone’s house during a rainy day, she takes it home and read it, day dreaming about the love story written in it.

When she decides to take the journal back, she is confronted by the house’s owner, Alessio “Ace” Amato, aka, the Lexington Avenue Asshole (at some point I thought the book should be renamed to that). He accuses her of being a stalker and a crazy chick that only wants his autograph, not exactly the best way to meet someone that you pictured as the romantic and heartbroken writer of the journal.

Aidy and Ace keep running into each other in the next days, which makes Ace think that she really is a crazy stalker, until they decide to sit and talk about it, giving her a chance to defend herself and make it clear that there is absolutely no interest on getting to know him or seeing him anymore. Yet.

Their story is some sweet, funny, and tangled mixture of events that lead them into falling helplessly for each other, until the trials of the past interfere and threaten with destroying everything they built.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, it kept me wondering if something else was going to happen, because the last few books I read didn’t end well, so I was a little scared that something bad was coming. Also, it is a bit short, and maybe the characters could have a little more development, especially Ace, we don’t get to read a lot of his daily life like with Aidy.

This is the first of five books, the next ones will tell the stories of Ace’s brothers, which makes significant to point out that this story doesn’t have a cliffhanger, and the next books can be read as standalones.

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13583077Wall Street Journal bestselling author Winter Renshaw writes stories that are sexy, conflicted, and laced with heart. Her books include the Never series, the Arrogant series, and the stand-alone novels Vegas Baby and Dark Paradise.

Loretta Rawlins brings the calm, steady balance from her dual career as actor and inspiring yoga teacher to her love of narrating audiobooks. She has narrated over sixty titles, with some of her favorites being mysteries and inspirational nonfiction. Loretta currently calls Atlanta, Georgia, home.

Nelson Hobbs lives on the sand with a classical guitar in one hand and a glass of sangria in the other. His villa on the beach is lined wall-to-wall with a coveted library of romantic classics. His voice resonates in this paradise which has led to the natural transition to audiobook narrator.

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