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Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

I loved this book. This is the next in the Barons series by Santino Hassell and Illegal Contact was a hard act to follow but Simeon and Adrian were up for it I’d say. I don’t know where this author finds the time to sleep, much less write his 5 bazillion books he seems to have coming out every year. You’d think the work would suffer but in my opinion it definitely has not! Continue reading “Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell”

Book Review: Sanctuary by Beverly and David Lewis

I’ve enjoyed numerous Beverly Lewis books, but this one in collaboration with her husband, David, missed the mark with this reader. Continue reading “Book Review: Sanctuary by Beverly and David Lewis”

Book Review: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

On Davis Row is a really well-written book with themes about getting a second chance at life and overcoming societal expectations as well as your own.


Noah begins his role as a Parole Office almost as Suzy Sunshine wanting to make a difference in all of his parolee’s lives. He believes in what he’s doing and that people can turn their lives around. When he meets CJ Davis, a parolee who is coming up on the end of his parole time Noah wants to do everything he can to have him make more of his life in the future. But CJ is incredibly resistant…his entire family is in prison, he can barely read, and no one believes he can do anything with his life. Least of all himself.

Every time I hugged him, he held on for dear life. I loved it, truly I did, but it tugged at my heartstrings, reminding me of all the things he’d missed. Of all the things he’s been deprived of.

What I loved so much about this book is that the angst level is what I would consider medium. I don’t always love high angst, I have to really be in the mood for that kind of book. My heart can’t always take the drama that comes along angst, but this level was perfect for me. It definitely had some and I wouldn’t ever say it was a smooth – sailing relationship type of book by any means but the angst level was just right. Most of the angst comes from CJ and his family. The tension slowly builds throughout the book in such a slow burning way that by the time it came to a head I was more than ready for it to happen.

Fierce, strong, safe, and everything — everything — I needed. I melted against him and could literally feel him mending the broken pieces of my heart, putting me back together again.
I didn’t ever want to let him go.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: On Davis Row

Author: NR Walker

Release Date: November 27, 2017

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Book Review + Giveaway: The Write Man by Lisa Ricard Claro

Lisa Ricard Claro has quickly become an author that I stalk on social media because I’m eager to hear about upcoming releases. I’m happy to be chatting with you today about her latest, a novella, which is part of Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay Kindle World.

Kid-lit author Merry Sunjoy and syndicated sports columnist Nick Brubaker meet on the beaches of Mimosa Key, where both have come to work on their latest book. However, Merry doesn’t know that Nick is also her detested online nemesis, Scurvy Rickets, a writer of raucous pirate stories for kids. Neither are looking for love but …

Let’s talk about the title first. Two authors on a path to love – isn’t The Write Man the PERFECT title? As an avid reader, I can’t think of anything much more fun than two authors falling in love.

This is the fourth work of Ms. Claros that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Like her other stories, this too left me feeling good, light hearted and simply happy that I spent time in the world Claro created for me. Merry and Nick are believable and likeable together. They were fun and their story heartfelt but filled with hardship they had to work through. I found their story satisfying and the epilogue the perfect conclusion that answered all my questions. Fans of The Princess Bride will love the references to the movie in The Write Man.

Until the next Claro title releases, you’ll find me continuing to stalk her social media accounts 😉 Why don’t you see what I’ve been talking about and grab a book by Claro. You can’t go wrong with this title or her Fireflies series.

Copy of this book provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Write Man

Author: Lisa Ricard Claro

Release Date: December 8, 2017


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Book Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai followed up her seriously amazing first book in the Forbidden Hearts series with another stunner here. When I say this series is not to be missed I am not exaggerating! I am always recommending it. It has everything from star crosses lovers to forbidden lovers to some crazy good family drama. Drop everything. DO IT.  Continue reading “Book Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai”

Book Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

A heartbreaking story, but one that holds much beauty too. Continue reading “Book Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park”

Book Reviews: Truth or Lies?

Jennifer and Melinda are pulling out their soap boxes today and discussing a topic that has bothered them both – honesty in book reviews. Jennifer will start things off.
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Book Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

I really love this book! It seems like such a departure from her other books on the surface. Her other books have been solidly contemporary and NA, and while this is kind of sort of NA it’s also kind of sort of fairy tale-ish. While it’s hard to describe I REALLY enjoyed it! Also – completely in love with that cover, wow! Continue reading “Book Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes”

Book Review: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

This story started out well, grabbing my interest immediately, but went downhill from there. ☹ Continue reading “Book Review: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart”

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