Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hook, Line And Sinker: A Deep Haven NovellaHook, Line And Sinker: A Deep Haven Novella by Susan May Warren

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First, let me say that I did not realize this was a novela and not a complete novel. That is probably the biggest factor that colors my review here.

With that being said, I really did not enjoy this book. I did not think there was enough character development to really get any enjoyment out of the characters. I never really liked Abigail, the heroine and Ross, the hero never really seemed to live up to that role. The story was so quick I never got the chance to become invested or involved. The big scenes where the couple declared their love was far too short with mo explanation and no build up. Furthermore, I understand that the auhtor wants to keep suspense by not telling us what happened in the past but there was too much suspense to enjoy the present story, it really detracted from the story line. From what I read in this novela I am not interested in locating any of the other in this set.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bad Boys Do (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #2)Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok so I have have found my newest favorite author. I loved this book just as much as the first in the series, which is rare for me. When I read the 1st book in a series I tend to attach to that person more and not favor the others, but this book really did allow me to like these characters just as much. I really enjoyed the contemporary feel of this book and it's believability. I would definitely recommend her and I have requested all of her other books from the library. i cannot wait for the 3rd one in this series. So great!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Love Finds A Way - Wanda E. Brunstetter

Love Finds a Way: 3 Modern Romances Make Falling in Love Simple and SweetLove Finds a Way: 3 Modern Romances Make Falling in Love Simple and Sweet by Wanda E. Brunstetter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love finds a Way is 3 short stories about finding love. I enjoyed that Christ was the center of all the stories, but with any short story it seems find of fast how they fell in love. They all made me feel good though and made me wish love was that easy to come by - but we all know with God all things are possible.

Blueberry Surprise was about a 30 something widow who decides to go back to school. On the first day a 'younger' man sits next to her and because of assigned seating sits there every day. He is looking for a relationship and she is not. She has many reason for not allowing this relationship to grow but Ethan and God won't hear of it.

Grandma's doll is about Sheila who travels back to where she grew up to pick out a chosen item from her grandma's house before the grandma sells the house. Due to circumstances the item she wants was sold to an antique dealer. Sheila winds up intertwined with an owner of a antique store. She is not willing to have a relationship because she is just visiting, God and Dwaine has different ideas.

Matchmaker 911 is about Wendy, a barber and Kyle a paramedic. Wendy's dad plays matchmaker and he met Kyle at the hospital and now calls him, during Wendy's lunch hour.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Good Girls Don't (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #1)Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The plot was engaging, the characters likable and totally relate-able. I enjoyed the struggles of the heroine in terms of always wanting to control the situation. I think her actions were completely realistic reactions to her parents death at a young age. The scenes were believable, the plot was great. The only downfall I found in this book is the amount of profanity. I think this book would have been just as good without it. It seemed silly and superfluous and just profane. But I am very excited for the next one in the series, I hope to start it tomorrow. And in case I did not mention how good this book was I finished it in just a bit over 24 hours. Great read!!

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The Mercy - Beverly Lewis

This is the third book in Beverly Lewis' Rose Trilogy. I will have to be honest and say that it is not my favorite. I have been looking forward to this book since reading the first 2 but for some reason it just didn't sit right with me. I like that fact that there was not a major accident / illness in this book (maybe because it was in the previous books) but it seems to take a lot of pages to finish the stories of Rose and Nick, Hen and Brandon, etc. I am left wondering if things tie up like that. I will not say anymore and hope you will take the time to read the books and decide for yourself.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Running Around - Linda Byler

Running Around (And Such) (Lizzie Searches for Love, #1)Running Around (And Such) by Linda Byler

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn't like it - I waited a long time for book 1 and read it and will give 2 and 3 away instead of reading them.

This was the story of Lizzie and her family. She was 15 when the story began and 16 when it ended. There was nothing interesting enough in this book for me to want to read the next 2 to see if she finds love.

Very disappointed.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Potent Pleasures (Pleasures, #1)Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was overall ok but dragged a bit in places. It was over 400 pages and I felt like a lot of it could have been trimmed out. Also, the hero was pretty evil to the heroine at some points making me really not like his character and her docile acceptance of his horrible words and attitudes. In today's society that would be considered emotional abuse and completely unacceptable. This was my first book by this author, I am interested to try another but not sure now is the right time after I just finished that long one that did not leave the best taste in my mouth.

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Missing Max - Karen Young

Missing MaxMissing Max by Karen Young

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Karen Young. I will admit the book drew me in rather quickly and held me for a long time. There were a few parts that I wonder - does it really happen like that?

But the characters made you love them and care about them and what to know what was next.

This is the story of a family - Jane, Kyle, Melanie and baby Max. Max is kidnapped while Jane, Melanie and some friends are sat Mardi Gras. All feel resposible for Max being gone and they all try to deal with it seperately vs as a family.

There is no way to figure out who did it as that person is brought in fairly late in the book and almost as an afterthought in my opinion.

This book really is about family and how they are all dealing with life, there is a little christian thrown in for good measure but not what I would call a Christian book.

I will not rush out and by another by this author but if one shows up on the sale table I probably would pick it up.

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