Genre: Contemporary

Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson

Posted November 12, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson

I admit I am not the biggest fan of ghost stories, but every once in a while one comes my way that catches my attention, and this book did. While I did enjoy the ghost aspects of this book, I have to say the thing that stuck with me most after reading the book was the relationships between people. So the book opens with Marilee having burnt down the house of a client and in need of a new job. Especially since she needs the money in order to take care of her mom. This is how she ends up with her new gig of converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast, only the old hospital has a bit of interesting issue, it’s got some ghosts within its walls. Marilee and her mom move into the new bed and breakfast while the work gets done. I have to say one of my favorite parts of this book was the relationship dynamic between Marilee and her mother, it was just so easily relatable. Plus on top of that there are some really funny moments between the two of them. I really liked watching/reading them along the way. After about halfway through the book, things kind of change a bit. And suddenly there is a whole new world and things in it for the characters and for you as the reader to explore. There are Fey (fairies) in this book, which is totally not something I was expected. I mean […]

Stones by Polly Johnson

Posted November 2, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Stones by Polly Johnson

I’m not exactly known for a love of young adult books, but honestly that’s because I feel like a lot of YA books end up being a little too immature for me, but I think the subject matter of this book kind of saved it for me. Coo is a girl who has dealt with some serious adult issues in her very young life. I liked that this book tackled those heavy issues, because lets face it teenagers today do have to deal with things that they shouldn’t have to. So the book is largely written like a diary, Coo’s diary to be precise. So because it feels like a diary it sometimes feels a little disjointed, but it ends up working for the kind of tone that the book has, or at least that’s how I feel about it. Co’s brother was an alcoholic, and a pretty violent one at that. Coo was definitely afraid of him, and she is haunted by her memories of him throughout the novel. Her brother died before the book begins and Coo has kind of been left behind by everyone. Her parents pretty much are consumed in their grief, and the people who she goes to school with for the most part just seem to ignore her. So when Coo meets Banks, it’s no wonder that they are able to form a bond, I mean she has someone in this situation that listens to her. Banks is a homeless man, and Coo is […]

Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe

Posted September 30, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe

So I’ve read some Molly O’Keefe in the past, and I enjoyed her writing style, so when the opportunity to review this book came up, I jumped on it. I have to say I seem to like the whole marriage of convenience storyline, yes, it may be predictable at times, but when done right, it can be very enjoyable for me. To stay with I want to talk about the beginning of the book. I have to say that the beginning of the book was stellar for me. I liked Ryan, I liked Harrison. I liked how they met, and their dynamic between each other when they met at the bar. I just liked the whole thing. And their chemistry was pretty awesome too, I thought the sex scene was well written and the whole thing read very nicely. Cut to oh my gosh, Ryan is knocked up, and oh year the guy who knocked her up is the same dude on the tv who everyone knows. I liked that Ryan was not about to go running to this famous one night stand to milk him out of cash, in fact she was against the whole cash for marriage deal. I loved that she used the money from the deal that she basically had no choice in to take care of her family, she didn’t keep the money for her. I loved that she’s brash and independent and says what’s on her mind. I was also super surprised, in the […]

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Posted September 22, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel

This book opens up very powerful, with a mother realizing there is a real chance her son is a murderer. That’s got to be a really hard thing for a parent to consider, and you can tell that is something the whole family has a hard time considering. I was actually a little bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of one of those slow building crime/suspense movies, the book was just like that, a slow build the entire way through, and I really liked it. So the whole book you are really wondering, is Emily right, did her son kill these women? But then again Emily isn’t even sure that Tucker, her son killed them, in fact she is steadfast in her conviction that it just isn’t possible that he baby could do something like that. His sister Lissa is just as sure that her brother couldn’t have done the things that the media and the police believe he did. The story is told from two different POVs the women of the family, Emily and Lissa. And both of them are just so torn up over what is happening but they believe in their son. These women keep uncovering different possible suspects as to who could have been responsible for the murder, and I have to admit that even I was unsure of who did it while I was reading, it wasn’t until the very end when the book outlined everything that I was […]

Trapped by Beverley Kendall

Posted September 17, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Trapped by Beverley Kendall

This is the follow-up to the novella The Trap, although I’m not one hundred percent sure that you need to read the novella in order to read this book, although I do think it will give you some insight into the events. So in the novella I really did not like Mitch, and I’m not sure I really even like him in this book either. Well that’s not entirely true, Mitch comes around to realize that he needs to be responsible for the life he helped to create. But the one thing that always bugs me about situations like this is when the guy has been totally uninvolved and then they just breeze right in and expect to do whatever they want whenever they want, and I hate that. I’m not saying that Paige should have kept her daughter from him or anything even remotely like that, I just don’t like the sense of kind of entitlement that Mitch had at the beginning of the book. Thankfully Mitch gets a reality check and starts to realize that things aren’t going to be easy, and I was glad about that, that he actually had to work for his daughters affection and for Paige to start to trust him. I liked how strong Paige was, and I also on some level at least, liked that she was willing to forgive and move on, and not just for the good of their daughter. I always find it really sad when people hold on […]

Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell

Posted August 6, 2014 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell

I love best friend romances! I mean come on, who wouldn’t want to fall in love with their best friend, at least they know all your good and bad traits and they still love you anyway. This one was pretty cute, mainly because most of it takes place at a romance book convention in Las Vegas (as someone who wants more than anything to go to book convention, this was a cool thing for me to read about). So Alyssa and Dillon are not just best friends but they are also next door neighbors. More than that it seems like the two of them both have a thing for each other that they have never told one another because they are both harboring some seriously reservations about relationships due to some past history with their respective families. As far as Alyssa knows Dillion has a steady stream of short term hook ups but has no desire for anything else, and she doesn’t think he even sees her as an option. But as soon as she tells him of her plan for a Vegas hook up he springs into action and follows her there and offers up his services. I have to admit that their whole dynamic is kind of great, their chemistry is awesome. The sex scenes are also just as great, there’s a great one in the hotel room that gets a little crazy. But there is this guy, this gay guy at the hotel who is in charge or […]

Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark

Posted August 1, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark

So I really love strong women in books, and I really like women who are musicians (don’t get me wrong I love the whole male rock star theme, but I love it when a woman is the rock star too). There were definitely elements of this book that I was a big fan of, and there were also elements of the book that made me go meh. I had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars to be honest with you, but as always tie goes to the runner (I seriously need to lay off with the whole sports thing). Of the things I liked, I really liked the dynamic between Emme and Tom, I liked that they were so drawn to each other. But more than that I loved how respectful Tom was. He knew that she was apprehensive about starting anything, and so he was more that willing to wait for her to come to him. And he let her have that kind of control when it came to the bedroom too, which was also nice to read since so much has been made in recent times about men being the dominating control force between the sheets. What can I say I like it when you flip the script. The rest of Emme’s band outside of Tom… well they piss me off. Except Mo, he was cool people. The guitarist is a misogynist jerk face who blames Emme for like everything, and even worse doesn’t believe […]

Come to Me Softly by A.L. Jackson

Posted July 29, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Come to Me Softly by A.L. Jackson

So this book is a continuation of the first book in the series, Come to Me Quietly. I really liked the first book in the series, I remember reading it quickly and not wanting to put it down. Aly and Jared’s love story is not made of candy and butterflies, it’s definitely one of the harder romances I’ve read, but at the end of the first book Aly is pregnant and it seems like Jared and Aly have found a way to be happy together. But of course, it turns out, it’s not that easy. Jared is one of the more damaged characters I have read. He definitely has carries a lot of guilt within him as well as has isolated himself to the point where he really doesn’t have any kind of support system, with the exception of Aly and her family (and even that is tenuous at best). I liked reading Jared, and in a lot of ways I felt like this book, and this series is way more about Jared than it is Aly. Jared has a lot to work through in this book, and I have to say I really liked watching Jared put himself together and try and make a life for him and Aly. But what happens when you bury your issues, they always rear their ugly heads. While there were certain point in the book where it was hard to read what Jared was going through, I have to say I enjoyed going along […]

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Posted July 28, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

As I am sure most of the readers of my reviews know, I am not a huge fan of YA, occasionally one really catches my attention, but in general its hard for me to get super excited about a YA book. That being said, I definitely thought the premise for this book had promise, I liked the whole sisters aspect of it. So from the synopsis we know that Nell and Layla are sisters, and for reasons I don’t agree with their parents held Nell back in school in order to give the two sisters some separation and more independent identities (personally it feels like Nell ends up being punished because they had kids close in age, but whatever I have no say). So the girls are two years apart in high school, and in spite of their closeness when they were young, they have clearly grown apart once they reach high school. Nell doesn’t really feel like she even knows Layla anymore, and Layla is hiding one whopper of a secret. The story is told from Nell’s POV so it’s easy to get to know her. I can certainly see aspects of her and her life that I could identify with, having come from a divorced family as well as being a high school girl at one time. I think she was a pretty good character, I liked that she was mature and thoughtful, and I liked that I could have easily seen a person like her at my […]

Desired by Stacey Kennedy

Posted July 26, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Desired by Stacey Kennedy

I have mentioned it before, I am always a little wary of picking up erotica books by authors I don’t know, especially of the BDSM persuasion, mostly because I don’t like books that are one hundred percent sex and no story. What can I say I am a girl who needs substance, even in my erotica. But I have heard good things about Stacey Kennedy, and I really enjoyed my last erotica book I took a chance on (thanks Jeffe Kennedy), so I went for it. I honestly think if you are looking to try out a BDSM book then I think this would be a good one to start with. It’s not super over the top, and because the girl in the story starts out with no knowledge of the lifestyle, you get to learn along side of her. Also, while this book is in the middle of a series, you don’t need to have read the other ones to enjoy this one, this one stands on its own. So Ella basically is starting over in Las Vegas, having left her abusive husband behind in Savannah, and is completely determined to live her life differently, saying yes to things she would have never said yes to before. So when she attends the wedding of her boss and this super hot cop approaches her, she finds herself saying yes to everything he wants. I liked Ella for the most part, I liked that she left her abusive husband the first […]