Book Review

{Blog Tour} Harlequin Tactical Crime Division (TCD) launch!

 

 

Uncover the lives and loves of the FBI elite as they take on the toughest assignments.

If you like the show Criminal Minds or Blacklist this is the series for you! Step into the world of the Tactical Crime Division (TCD),  a specialized and tactical team of the FBI. This new miniseries features crime solving experts in stories spread across four books, each with its own crime case, and each title can be read as a standalone. 

Click here to watch the book trailer! 

 

Here are the titles of the four books, and click here for more details and purchase info about each!

48 Hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy

Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter

Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn

Running Out of Time by Cindi Myers

 

Thank you to Harlequin for letting me take part in this exciting launch! I’m looking forward to this series!

 

Book Review

BLOG TOUR! Book Review: The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz- 4 Stars

Princess Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress was one of those beauties that had brides clamoring for the exact same look on their special day. This is a story told through three generations of women.

In the late 1950’s, Rose, a seamstress for a highly respected atelier, is tasked with making a wedding gown similar to Grace Kelly’s. Rose is a talented and dedicated seamstress, but when she starts to befriend her client and fall in love with her client’s brother, can she stay focused on her project?

In the 80’s, Joanie is so excited to be wearing her mother’s dress-made with inspiration from Grace Kelly’s, it’s fit for a princess, and Joanie can’t wait for her special day with the special dress. While she does appreciate the gown’s original beauty, she wants to make it her own and adds sleeves much like the dress Princess Diana wore. But when she finds out the truth about her sister, she begins to question if she really knows anything!

In the present day, Rocky is dreading wearing the esteemed wedding dress that has been passed down from generation to generation. She’s a successful entrepreneur who never really saw eye to eye with her mother. She knows this dress isn’t her style, but doesn’t want to hurt her mother.

With each woman, we see glimpses into their family life and romances,  how they are connected to the dress, and what it means to them. This was such a wonderful book. I loved how the story and the dress spanned through time and I enjoyed learning more about the women who were tied to it. A charming story of love, hope, and second chances, this is definitely one to read.

Thank you to Harlequin/Harper Collins & Netgalley for my advance copy and letting me take part in this blog tour. The Grace Kelly Dress is out today!

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Book Review: Undercurrents by Nora Roberts-4 Stars

This was my first Nora Roberts book, surprisingly! It’s set near my hometown in Asheville, and it’s a romantic suspense so I had to give it a go! The suspense element got pretty emotional and dark as it deals with many instances of abuse.

To those on the outside, the Bigelows look like the perfect family. The father, Graham, is a well respected doctor, who comes home from his grueling job to his beautiful wife Eliza who caters to his every need. They have two smart and cute young kids, Zane and Britt. But on the inside, Zane and Britt are stuck inside their own personal hell that no one knows about. Graham abuses their mother constantly, until one night he focuses his wrath on to Zane. Shortly after this brutal beating, the truth is exposed.

When Zane is old enough to leave for college,  he doesn’t come back for years. When he finally decides to move back to his hometown and continue practicing law, he meets newcomer Darby who also has a troubled past she’s trying to heal from.

I really enjoyed the setting and many of the characters. The relationships and friendships were wonderful. At times this book was drawn out and didn’t serve to further the story so I was a little annoyed at having to skim some parts but overall this was a great novel.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary-3 Stars

When I saw everyone on bookstagram raving about this I decided to try it. I started it in July and finished it in December if that gives you an idea of how much I liked it or not…

The premise seems weird right off the bat but I’m a sucker for romances so I still plowed on. Tiffy needs a place to live, and Leon needs money, so he leases his flat to her.

Leon works nights as a hospice nurse and Tiffy works during the day, so neither should ever be in the apartment at the same time. They share the same bed, but at different times, and each on their side at night. They eventually start communicating with Post It notes left throughout the house before accidentally meeting in person.

The redeeming quality of this book was Leon’s brother, Richie’s story and ultimately Tiffy’s newfound strength and courage she comes to find in herself again. I was wholly invested in finding out how things work out for Richie, more so than I really cared about the romance between Tiffy and Leon. Besides Richie, there’s a few other side stories going on including one with one of Leon’s patients that I was interested in seeing how it played out.

I guess I’m more a fan of insta-love romances because this one took forever to really peak my interest which was unfortunate given how hyped up I noticed it was.

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Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee- 5 Stars

 

Imagine if George Washington hadn’t become president but rather a king? This royal twist on American history was a juicy, drama filled contemporary romance and I LOVED IT.

Beatrice has America on her shoulders as she’s next in line to become their first Queen. Thanks to her grandfather for breaking tradition and declaring the Crown will go to the oldest child no matter their gender, Beatrice has been preparing for this most of her life.  She’s always played the part of a regal, sophisticated lady who always follows the rules and sticks to tradition, but when the future seems so close, will she listen to her heart or the Crown? Her parents are putting the pressure on her to find a suitable husband, even going so far as to making her a list to choose from, but she quickly realizes the one she loves isn’t on that list.

This was a great start to a series- it’s fun, juicy, and royally romantic- I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel in 2020! If you enjoy reading YA or books regarding royals, give this one a go!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.

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Book Review: Outscored (Rinkside in the Rockies #3) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Whitney is a seasonal decorator who meets hockey player Gavin while shopping for gnomes at a flea market! The two hit it off immediately. Whitney is so cute and unique. I love her job-getting to decorate homes and businesses for a particular season or holiday sounds so exciting! She’s great at what she does with her routine client base, but doesn’t know how to put herself out their for new business which is getting her some flak at work. Gavin is the team captain, and he’s more than ready to be back on the ice after a traumatic and painful injury. He doesn’t want to let anyone down or seem weak, or like a failure. They encourage each other while struggling with their own anxieties and worries and dealing with past relationship failures.

Their friendship and romance felt so real and sweet. I love all their fun quirks, inside jokes, and the chemistry they shared.  The romance is swoony and heartwarming but like every relationship, it comes with its fair share of drama, conflict, and misunderstanding. This book is also the perfect romantic Halloween read due to a super sweet scene at Gavin’s Halloween party!

I adore Aven’s books, and this is no exception! Especially since the heroine is a redhead named Whitney! 😉 Check this one out if you enjoy reading romance, hockey themed books, or fun, lighthearted novels with a happy ending!

Thank you to the author for my copy of this book!

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Book Review: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim- 5 Stars

After her mother dies, Natalie returns home to her Chinatown neighborhood. She and her mother had drifted apart over the years and Natalie left on bad terms due to disagreements they had over Natalie’s career. She yearned to be a chef, like her grandmother, but her mother discounted her dreams. When Natalie discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant, along with her special handwritten recipe book, she dreams about reopening the restaurant, but first, she has a challenge to complete. Natalie has to find three neighbors in need of something and fix three special dishes from the book to heal and help them. That’s where the magic happens. Natalie adds her own personal touches to her grandmother’s recipes but still stays true to her roots and culture, and these dishes transform those they were prepared for. I adore reading books focused around food, and bonus points if recipes are included! I’m also a huge fan of magical realism, which I was pleasantly surprised to encounter in this book as I hadn’t expected it when I read the synopsis!

Natalie has to deal with many mishaps and misunderstandings that could potentially be a threat to her restaurant’s success as well as her own happiness. This is just one of those books that, even through its sad parts, makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It was an enjoyable debut and I look forward to more from this author in the future!

 

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Book Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

*Minor spoilers if you haven’t read the other books in the series*

I love this series! Stephanie Garber creates a world that is so magical, imaginative, and descriptive, you feel like you’re right there in the game. Finale picks up right after Legend abandons Tella on the steps after she wins the game. The fates have been freed from the Deck of Destiny, Scarlett and Tella’s mother has been rescued, and the game is finally over. Now, tough decisions must be made.

Finale is told between both Tella and Scarlett’s point of view. They are both courageous and headstrong, and will do whatever it takes to save the ones they love. This book had quite a bit more romantic scenes than the other two books, including a love triangle between Tella, Dante, and Jacks which I am all here for! Those boys are both crazy, messed up fellas, but I love certain things about both of them!

There’s a lot of characters that make up these books but they are all so well written and bring a lot of dimension to the world of Valenda. I really liked several of the fates, Jacks of course, but also The Lady Prisoner and Assassin. While I didn’t care too much for Tella in the first book, she became my favorite over the course of this series!

I felt the ending was rushed and kind of left me hanging but overall I really loved this book. The magic, intrigue, and shocking plot twists make for a wonderful reading experience! I’m sad this series is over but a book from Paloma or Legend’s POV would be amazing!

Have you read this series?

 

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Book Review: The Princess Pose (Modern Royals #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

 

Can a princess and a gardener overcome the obstacles due to royal traditions to see their love blossom?

The first story in the Modern Royals series, A Royal Shade of Blue, introduced us to Princess Elizabeth and Roman Lawler, an estate gardener and now they’re back with their own story! Liz is definitely a modern royal-she desires to be a working royal, helping with children’s charities and events, and hoping to break some of the stuffy traditions a few of her family members cling to. When she runs in to Roman at a yoga class at Cheltham House where he works, the two instantly reconnect.

The chemistry between the two of them is so hot, sweet, and genuine, but Liz has seen how the monarchical traditions affected her cousin Christian and his fiance Clementine, an American. She struggles with wanting to let herself fall in love with Roman but also keep him protected from the fury of her aunt Antonia and the cruel words that will be said about a commoner being with a princess.

One of my favorite things about this book that makes it so different from Aven’s other books is the fact it is written in British English, from Liz’s point of view. I also love the friendship and familial dynamic between Xander, Christian, and Liz. They all seem so down to earth and like a great group of friends even if some of them are in direct line to the throne! I adore all things royal so reading a fresh, modern take on things while still upholding to some traditional values was really enjoyable.

If you’re a lover of romance and royals definitely give this series a try! Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book!

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Book Review: Devoted to the Duke (St. Clairs #1) by Alexa Aston- 4 Stars

I love reading romance novels, the majority being contemporary, but this historical regency romance was swoony, sweet, and wonderful!

When Jeremy St. Clair kisses Lady Catherine at a ball one night, they are both enamored with each other, and Jeremy plans to call on Catherine the next day. Unfortunately for the both of them, tragedy strikes, and through a misunderstanding, years pass, complete with more tragedy and heartache, before they are reunited. The love and chemistry that sparked from one kiss many years ago is still there, but a dark secret could ruin both of their lives if the word got out.

The passion and romance between Jeremy and Catherine felt so real and genuine! This romance is complete with secrets and scandals making it a quick read as I just had to find out the ending.This was such an emotional read and I loved all of the characters (except for one!) and I am excited to read more about this family in book two!

Look for it on Goodreads and Amazon!