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Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy is not non-stop action and excitement. What it is, is gripping. Continue reading “Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood”

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

I love Chanel Cleeton’s writing. I’ve enjoyed her earlier books but NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA was kind of a departure in tone and style for her and I was so happy that I still loved it. I was dying to know more about Beatriz and her story when I finished HAVANA. I definitely feel that reading the books in order gives a much richer reading experience for these books. They’re still stand alones and can be read as such, but I got so much more out of this book by knowing this world and these characters going. She was so different from her sister Elisa and I knew her life would be vastly different.   WHEN WE LEFT CUBA delivered what I was hoping to get.

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I’m a very heroine-centric reader and WHEN WE LEFT CUBA delivered a heroine I could love in Beatriz. She’s bold, seemingly fearless, and fiercely independent and I was here for that the entire time. Cleeton also does a masterful job of weaving Cuban history throughout in such a way that I felt like I was learning, yet also was in the background of the book. This has to be challenging to attain that exact balance, readers don’t want to see an info dump because frankly that can incredibly boring, but having that kind of history in the text can enrich a book so much. I felt that Cleeton did that here, and did it incredibly well.

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There’s a lot of suspense and political intrigue but also has plenty of familial drama and romance, which I desperately need in my books. Overall, I was really pleased with this and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: When We Left Cuba

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Release Date: April 9, 2019

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Book Review: Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

This one kept me guessing all the way through! Now THAT is the sign of an excellent mystery! Continue reading “Book Review: Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer”

Book Review: Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury

Don’t let the Baxter name keep you from reading the latest from Karen Kingsbury. Two Weeks is Elise Walker’s story. While Cole Blake, son of Landon and Ashley Baxter Blake, plays a pretty big role, this book is not a focus on the Baxter family and can be read as a stand-alone. If you haven’t read the 25+ Baxter books prior to this one, starting here will not be a problem. Continue reading “Book Review: Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury”

Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

An interesting plot that should have been packed with emotion, but emotion did not quite fill the suitcase. Continue reading “Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly”

Mini Reviews: Melonie Johnson, Naima Simone, Robin Lovett, & Kati Gardner

This is going to be an all over the place mini review because I have 1 contemporary romance, 2 erotic romance, and 1 YA. But I figure since I read all of them and I’m not literally making you read the books you guys can handle reading the reviews for the different types of books in one place! Continue reading “Mini Reviews: Melonie Johnson, Naima Simone, Robin Lovett, & Kati Gardner”

Book Review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

An exciting beginning but what followed didn’t quite take the story over the mountaintop. It was lacking something for this reader that would have put it over the top. Continue reading “Book Review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin”

Review: No Rulebook for Flirting by Laura Bailo

This was a cute, relatively short novella. that I read in under an hour. The setup revolves around the two main characters meeting at a gaming convention where there is a meet…somewhat disaster in the parking lot where one cuts off the other to get a spot in a crowded lot. Of course, a few minutes later the two windup at the same gaming table where they begin to flirt over a game of Carcassone. Continue reading “Review: No Rulebook for Flirting by Laura Bailo”

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid has chosen an interesting way to tell a story. But does it work? Continue reading “Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid”

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