Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review of Wild Child

Wild Child by Molly O'Keefe

***Book courtesy of Netgalley

This was my first book that I read of Molly O'Keefe's. I had always heard great things about her books from other authors and reader friends so I thought I would give her a try when I saw an ARC copy of "Wild Child" pop up on Netgalley. There was parts of the book that I really liked and parts that i really didn't like. I think that Molly did a good job of introducing you to the town and the characters and giving you a small back story on them. In addition I also really liked how she really made you feel that you were there in the town. She did this by telling by example telling you about the local cafe and bar and how it looked so you could see it for yourself in your mind as you were reading the book. The books theme/outline seemed to be centered around a reality show of a town trying to win a contest that would help them survive the hard economic times. In addition it also involved a romance between the mayor Jackson and the celebrity wild child Monica. Lastly it described the stories of two families torn apart by tragedies and  heartache and what it takes to bring people back together.

As for a couple things that I didn't care for in the book. I didn't like that she had two stories going on in one book. I was good with Monica and Jackson's story and the way that she developed that part of the book. However,  I didn't like how she introduced Shelby's character and a romance she had a with Dean. It always seemed to be brought up in weird areas of the book and in a couple paragraphs when I felt she could have almost spent a whole chapters on just their portion of the story. In my opinion i felt there was also an excessive amount of sex scenes and at times made the story feel disjointed and took a way from the actual story which I liked. Don't get me wrong there were defiantly times that they made sense in the book but other times it just felt like a filler...

Although my review may sound harsh I am interested in reading more of Molly's books just not another one in this series if she adds on.  I think this book I would recommend to readers that like more of the reality show type setting as that is what the book reminded me of.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak

Take Me Home for Christmas  Review

This was my first book that I read in the Whiskey Creek series and the second book by Brenda Novak so I'm still learning what type of author she is. Having not read any of the previous books in this series I liked that before you read the book she introduced you to the characters in the first couple pages with a short description. This allowed me to get to know names of characters I would be reading.

Now to the story I really liked this book because it involved a little bit of mystery with the romance which I thought fit well together. I though she so did a good job of giving the readers a back story on the characters so you know what brought them to who they are today. In addition I liked that although you knew there was something between the two main characters Sophia and Ted she built up to their story and allowed you to learn more about Sophia and her past instead of getting right to the romance. Lastly I also liked how she incorporated Sophia`s daughter Alexa and showed what she went through with her dad`s actions of swindling money out of investors.

I am quite interested to go back now and read the other books and to see how they compare. Lastly very excited to see what kind if story she writes for Eve who was a part of this book. All in all very happy with this book and have found Another author to add to my book shelf.

This book was given to me as ARC by the author. All my opinions are my own.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Through The Smoke by Brenda Novak

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak

Through the Smoke opens with Truman Drudridge rushing back after his wife sends him a letter saying she is pregnant. However, when he wakes up after he confronts his wife he finds out that she is dead and his castle was started on fire. Elsewhere Rachel McTavish has always been the coal miners/bookseller's daughter and after her fathers death the person who is keeping her family together. However things change after her mother passes and she is left to be the person holding the secrets of her family and what part they have in the fire. Truman wants to find his wife killer and solve who started the fire. What he doesn't expect is that he might fall in love with a common villager. 

Having never read a Brenda Novak book before I was excited and a little nervous to read the book because I was not sure what to expect. I found that the book was very well written and the characters were very well developed. Having not read many historical romances I did not have a lot to compare this book to but I felt that she wrote it very good. She stayed true to what the times would be like and what royals and villagers would think of a romance of a royal and a commoner....If you love mystery, romance, and history then this defiantly a book that you should read. In addition if you want a book that keeps you on your toes and don't want to put it down because you want to find out what happens then you should defiantly grab this book off the bookshelf. I am very interested to read her Whiskey Creek series and other books from this author. 

If I were to give it a rating I would give it 5/5 stars!! 

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Streets brings readers back to Fool's Gold and to Noelle a character that was mentioned in the Fool's Gold Stories this past summer.. Noelle recently opened a new store "The Christmas Attice" in Fool's Gold that centers on Christmas and other holidays and is something very different from other stores in town. In addition to Noelle you also meet three new characters Gabriel and Mr and Mrs Boylan. Gabriel is Gideon's twin brother and also is in the military. This book has family, friends, love, joy and at times a little sadness. 

Being the 12.5 book in the Fool's Gold series you as a reader sometimes worry is it going to be as a good as the last one or is this just an okay christmas book. I found that again Susan out did her self with this book. I liked the way that she brought more family dynamics into this book along with the love story. I liked to see how Gabriel and Gideon interacted with not only the woman in their lives but also their parents. I think this added piece was really a nice add. As always I think the love story was well written and the characters were very well developed. Can't wait to see what Susan has in store for her next three books in Summer 2014!