Thursday, February 25, 2021

Obsession by Patricia Bradley

Obsession (Natchez Trace Park Rangers, #2)Obsession by Patricia Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I am a huge fan of Patricia Bradley so I was excited to get a copy of Obsession. This is the second book in the series but it can be read as a standalone. I did not read book one, but plan to go back to it since I enjoyed this one so much.
The author just does romantic suspense so well. This is a Christian romance, but do not let that turn you off from picking this up. This is a fast paced story that you will love.

I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters in this one. I cannot wait to see where the next book will go in the series. This may be my new favorite from her.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

Mother May IMother May I by Joshilyn Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

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This had a very great start. Everything happened pretty quickly and I was instantly pulled into the story. This story is told in three different parts. I flew through part one. It was really good and really captured my attention. Part two did slow down a little, but still had details that kept me reading. Part three was ok. I did not love the direction everything was heading. It was pretty predictable and obvious what happened to cause everything that was currently happening.

Overall, I enjoyed this one though.


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Friday, February 5, 2021

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

Somewhere Between Bitter and SweetSomewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This is a Young Adult story but does deal with our main characters being a little older (Penelope is 18). This did read more young adult to me though. This is a story about Pen and Xander finding who they are and growing up. Both are out in the world trying to figure out life.
I would not say this is a romance though. The romance does not even come into play into almost 40% into the story.

I liked some aspects of this story, but just did not love the direction this one took. I found myself drifting and skimming through parts. It just lost my interest.



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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Ties That TetherTies That Tether by Jane Igharo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know there were mixed reviews on this one, but I still wanted to give it a try. I am glad that I did as I really enjoyed this one. I am excited to see what else this author brings us if this is her debut.
This does have triggers for loss in several forms. I knew this going in. I personally did not feel it was used as a plot twist, but it was a large part of the story. Azere is dealing with the loss of her father and the promise she made when he was dying. Rafael is dealing with the loss of his wife and child.

I really liked the cultural aspect to this story. You get to see and learn more around Nigerian culture.

SPOILER: Azere is pregnant after a one night stand. I personally had no issues with this and how everything happened around it. I have struggled with infertility for years and some reads can be a lot for me when dealing with this. To me, this was just dealing with a pregnancy with someone she did not know and is now getting to know. Rafael is dealing with the loss of his child from his deceased wife. This was very little of the story as far as details. He provides information at the very end. I will not spoil what happened, but it was not what I was expecting. There does end up being some trauma with Azere and her own pregnancy at the end as well.

Overall, I actually really liked this one.


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Monday, January 18, 2021

Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

Forgetting August (Lost & Found, #1)Forgetting August by J.L. Berg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

I love a good contemporary. This one hits on some pretty intense issues which I loved. I was not expecting everything that happened between August and Everly from the start.

This does touch the topic around domestic violence and emotional abuse. I really shows the side of DV that is not as prevalent since it did not focus as much on physical abuse but more so emotional/psychological. It also hits on one characters eating disorder. These small sections could also be a trigger for someone.

This does leave off with a cliff hanger, so I am happy to have book two ready to go. Overall, I enjoyed this one.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Layla by Colleen Hoover

LaylaLayla by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. I was not sure about this one, but I knew I would still read it as soon as possible. I definitely recommend going into this one knowing as little as possible.
This one took me a little longer to get into and to buy into the story. It is very hard to put my thoughts into a review without spoilers. All I can really say is that everything with Willow and Layla is very surface level until the reveals. I did not really love this as I did not really connect or fall in love with the characters like I normally would with one of CH stories (but it makes much more sense later why it was this way).

I still found myself lost in the story though and I did not want to put it down. I wanted to know where everything would go and what direction it would take. There are twists along the way. I do wish it would have taken a little different turn as I did predict what was going to happen for the most part.

Overall, I still really enjoyed this one.


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