Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh

Lady at Arms 
(Lady, #1)
by Tamara Leigh  
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Published on: January 17, 2014
Pages: 350
Buy on Amazon (It's free) 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

LADY AT ARMS: A “clean read” rewrite of Warrior Bride, published by Bantam Books, 1994

Lizanne Balmaine has spent years honing her skills at arms, determined she will never again be at the mercy of any man. When she comes face to face with the one who stole her future, she seizes the opportunity to exact revenge. Soon he is her prisoner, at her mercy. But something is different about him, something that makes her question her purpose. Is it possible a man can be so changed? More, can she right the wrong that could lay ruin to her family?

Ranulf Wardieu does not seek a bride, nor a settling of scores when his mission for the king places him in the path of a beguiling, raven-haired maiden. But fascination turns to fury when she imprisons him. Accused of wrongdoing, the nature of which she refuses to reveal, he discovers the lady is as skilled at wielding a sword as she is at verbal sparring. When he bests her at her game and his jailer becomes his captive, he is determined to learn what wrong he has done her. However, as they engage in a battle of wits and wills and he glimpses her woman’s heart, he discovers Lizanne is a question never before asked of him—one his own jaded heart refuses to answer.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It's free. And it looked amazing. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book exceeded my expectations. I absolutely adored it. It was a clean book. It wasn't Christian fiction but it was clean. 

I loved the characters and the plot. The characters were multifaceted and intriguing. 

The plot was addicting and contagious. I couldn't stop reading. It was suspenseful and engaging. 

The novel was a clean read but that didn't mean there wasn't a whole lot of tension. 

This is one novel that kept me reading from the very first page until I turned the last one.

Fans of historical fiction should love this one. 

I can't begin to explain what my favorite part of the book was. It was a tie between the characters and the plot. 

A fantastic read. 

The Characters: I have always had a thing about women who were also kick-butt warriors. That might have started with Tamara Pierce when I was much younger, but it never faded. I loved being able to read another one sort of similar to that as an adult. Lizanne was a great character.

Then there was Ranulf. He was such an intriguing, great character as well. 

Major Strengths: Everything. 

Major Weaknesses: The fact that it ended. 

So why 4 stars? It was incredible. I loved everything about this one. A fantastic read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Although it's clean, I'd still say 17+ due to some sensitive matters discussed in the novel. 

The Wrap-up: A fantastic novel. I can't wait to read the next one. 


Danica Page

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs

More than Fashion
More Than Fashion 
(Chasing the Dream,#3)
by Elizabeth Briggs
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.99
Published on: July 30, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

They’re enemies who will do anything to win...including each other.

When pre-med student Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again.

Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can't decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I adored the previous two in the series. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I am loving this series. Briggs does an incredible job of capturing romance, competition, intrigue, humor, and wit all in one novel.

The chemistry between her lead characters is always off the charts. Fans of witty exchanges will love this novel.

Personally, I also like how Briggs delves into different worlds. So far we've dove into music, comics, and now fashion. It's fantastic. She makes these worlds accessible to all readers.

Heck, she's mad me interested in comics and fashion.

I love her writing style. Her novels are a fun, fast read that I'd recommend to anybody. Can't wait to see what she comes up with in the fourth one in the series. 

Major Strengths: The setting and the characters. 

Major Weaknesses: Lack of depth. 

So why 3.5 stars? Because I enjoyed this one a lot more than several other novels I've given a 3 too. It was a good read. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, it can be read as a standalone. Although it does reference characters from the previous two books in the series. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language and semi-graphic sexual scenes. For 17+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable fun read. 


Danica Page

Review: Near and Far by Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams
Near and Far
(Lost and Found,#1)
by Nicole Williams  
New Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published on: July 28, 2013
Pages: 350 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker. 

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast. 

Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five. 

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one. 

As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other. 

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I had to see what happened to Jesse and Rowen. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I enjoyed this one even though it frustrated me to no end. The characters in this novel were realistic, but they were all frustrating as all get out.

They did so many things that bugged me so many times, but I was rooting for them the entire time.

I don't like books about one couple spread out over several novels typically. It drives me nuts, but I did enjoy this one. 

The writing was good and this one was better paced than the first one.  

The Characters: I liked them. The characters are normal, flawed beings. I enjoyed watching them grow. 

Major Strengths: The characters. 

Major Weaknesses: All the frustrations the characters put me through. 

So why 3 stars? It didn't quite have enough to make it 4 stars, but I enjoyed it. 

Can I read the series out of order? You can, but it wouldn't make as much sense as if you read it in order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Meant for 17+. Fairly clean but meant for older audience. 

The Wrap-up: I really enjoyed it. It was a fun read and I'm curious to see what happens next. 


Danica Page

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: The Single Game by Amanda Black

Amanda Black
The Single Game
(The Apartment Novels, #3)  
by Amanda Black 
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.86
Published by: Full Fathom Five Digital 
Published on: July 15, 2015
Pages: 288

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When Eden Foster’s parents tell her they’re moving from Chicago to the Illinois suburb of Aledo, Eden is crushed. That is, until she runs crying to her jock boyfriend, who she finds on top of her so-called best friend. Moving’s not looking so bad anymore.

Now a senior at Mercer County High, Eden is ready to re-enter the dating scene. Still burned over the betrayal of her ex, she’s looking for someone sweet and innocent. With the help of her two new friends, Zoe and Amy, Eden makes a list of what she’s looking for: an eager virgin, ready for training—and no jocks.

Eden thinks she’s found what she’s looking for in Logan Black, a shy and geeky classmate. But why are Zoe and Amy convinced that the answer to her search is a party game…with kissing?

Eden better get ready, because she’s about to play the Single Game.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It was on Netgalley, so I thought why not. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  First off, I didn't realize this was the third in the series. Having said that, I wasn't lost in the novel. I really thought it could have been the first in the series. 

I went into this one without high expectations. I figured it would be an average, fun, and cute read. That's what I got.

Eden was ticked when her parents told her that they were moving her senior year, but when she found her best friend had cheated on her with her boyfriend, suddenly she wasn't so upset about moving. She wrote off guys completely until she decided to give Logan a shot.

The plot is one we've all read about or seen in movies. I can think of about ten books/movies with this plot. About 7 of them I liked significantly more than this one.

However, having said that, I did enjoy the novel. It was fun and an easy read. The novel had unexpected humor at times. 

It's definitely meant for an older audience. It's young adult in nature but new adult in content. 

The Characters: I thought they could have been more complex. They seemed a little bit flat and fit into stereotypes. However, I did enjoy reading about them. 

Major Strengths: Unexpected instances of humor. 

Major Weaknesses: Same old plot we've read a million times. 

So why 3 stars? It lacked the depth to make it really stand out from the pack. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, see previous comments. It reads as a standalone novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For more mature audiences, 17+ for strong language and sexual references. 

The Wrap-up: 


Danica Page

Review: Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Lost and Found 
(Lost and Found,#1)
by Nicole Williams 
New Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15 
Published on: May 7, 2013
Pages: 353

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.  

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I got the first one for free on Amazon, so I decided to give it a go. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was one that I really wanted to like, but it was very slow. I had a real hard time getting into the novel, but once I was about halfway in, I really started to enjoy it.

The novel was an intriguing, fun one. There's nothing better than cowboy novels. Jesse was the fantasy cowboy.

The novel was a fun one to read, and I immediately read the second one. 

Any book that makes me excited to read the second one is a fun one to read. 

The Characters: I really liked Jesse's character. He was a great one to read about. 

Major Strengths: The setting. I really enjoyed the setting and the family. 

Major Weaknesses: Slow moving. 

So why 3 stars? It was a fun read, but the start was really slow. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Fairly clean. Appropriate for 15+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun read that was quite good once I got into it. 


Danica Page

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Shelter Me by Kathy Coopman

Shelter Me
(Shelter Me, #1) 
by Kathy Coopman 
New Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.63
Published on: September 7, 2014
Pages: 378

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

At the young age of nineteen, Shayne Andrews thought she had it all. She had the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and a bright future ahead of her. That is, until one day he just disappeared, leaving a note as his only goodbye. With her heart shattered and broken, Shayne did the only thing she could. She left her small town on the shores of Lake Michigan to start her life over, needing to distance herself from the memories she and Luke had made. At that time, she vowed to herself that she would never return to her hometown again. Seven years later, Shayne realizes that fate is not on her side as she returns home for her aunt’s funeral, bringing back the one secret she swore to protect.

Luke Schavone has regretted every day that he had to leave Shayne behind. Though he didn’t have a choice, his heart still bore the scars from the impact. After five years, Luke returned only to find that Shayne was gone. His best friend was the only lifeline he had to finding her, but Adam wasn’t talking. When the one thing Luke has wanted everyday for the past seven years runs right into him one night, he becomes determined to make sure he doesn’t lose her again. 

At first, Shayne is hesitant. She wouldn’t be able to survive losing him again, but the pull toward him is so fierce, she can’t deny herself the chance. With the decision to start over, Luke and Shayne must admit truths and come to terms with the events that forced them apart in the first place. When secrets are revealed and old threats come to pass, will Luke be able to shelter Shayne from the destruction, or will she become lost to him forever?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It was free and it caught my attention after I read a review of the sequel. Plus it was free. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  An intriguing, enjoyable novel that was a fun read. The novel was predictable and several aspects of it bugged me, but it was fun overall.

Fans of adult romance should really enjoy this one. It was fairly well written and it was fast paced. 

The Characters: The characters might have been a little flat, but I still really enjoyed reading about them. 

So why 3 stars? It was a fun, enjoyable read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember, but I think it was fairly clean for 17+.

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun novel. 


Danica Page

Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: The Kiss that Launched 1000 GIFs by Sharlyn Pratt

The Kiss that Launched 1000 Gifs
by Sheralyn Pratt
Adult Romance 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.24
Published by: Wicked Sassy
Published on: July 6, 2015 
Pages: 183

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Each weekday from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Grace and Ashton cohost Battle of the Sexes, a radio program arguing the he-said/she-said issues of the day. Their fiery debates often have listeners wondering if there’s more to their relationship than just talk, even though Grace has been dating Phillip, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Perfect, since long before she ever met Ashton Miller. 

Yet when news comes that Battle of the Sexes is on the bubble for cancellation, Grace and Ashton need to step up their efforts to engage their audience to keep the show alive. When a charity organization approaches them and proposes that the two of them kiss for a fund raiser, Grace and Ash agree to kiss for a good cause. A kiss is just a kiss, right? 

Or can one kiss really change everything?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Somebody on Goodreads recommended it to me, so I decided to give it a go. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  This book was a great, hilarious battle of the sexes kind of book that I absolutely adored.

It was fun and witty. The characters were great to read about and it was fast paced.

I definitely recommend for fans of romantic comedy. 

Major Strengths: It was witty and hilarious. 

Major Weaknesses: It was predictable and light-hearted. 

So why 3 stars? It was intriguing but didn't really stand out of the crowd. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This one was fairly clean. 

The Wrap-up: Fans of romantic comedy should give this one a shot. 


Danica Page

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Series Review: Front and Center by Tawna Fenske

Hello Page Turners,

Today I'm going to be doing a series review for the Front and Center series by Tawna Fenske. 

I enjoyed this series much more than I should have. It  was a great series about romance, military, and family. What's not to like?

Tawna Fenske
 The first book in the series was Marine for Hire. This one was one of my favorite in the series.

I really enjoyed this one. A marine pretending to be a nanny. It was great. The novel is definitely for 17+. 

But I really liked the character Sam and Sheri. They were great together and this was one of my favorites in the series. 

Arguably my favorite in the series. Buy it hereGoodreads here.

Tawnka FenskeNot surprisingly I enjoyed the second one as well. Big over-protective brother paired with Sheri's fiery friend Kelli. I enjoyed this one as well.

A main character vet was intriguing and the plot was great. 

Not my favorite in the series, but it was a really fun read. Definitely recommended for fans of romance, suspense, and comedy.
Buy it here/ Goodreads here 

Tawna Fenske What a quirky read. I enjoyed how quirky this novel was. Anna and Grant were my favorite characters by far, but it's a toss up of whether I liked the first one or this one better.

The novel was hilarious and I enjoyed every single second of this one.

If you're looking for a fun, light read. This is definitely a great one.

Buy it here/ Goodreads here 

This one was intriguing. A little "Beauty and the Beast" type of novel. 

I enjoyed it though. The novel was intriguing. It wasn't my favorite in the series, but it was enjoyable.

I thought it was a fitting end to the series. And it was nice to finally meet the reclusive brother.

All in all the series was a fun read. I really love books about military and families, so it was a fun read. Buy it here / Goodreads here 

If you're looking for a fun, comical read, this is a great series to check out. 


Danica Page 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mini Reviews: About that Fling by Tawna Fenske

About that Fling by Tawna Fenske Hello Fellow Page Turners,

Here's my mini review of About that Fling by Tawna Fenske. I picked this one up because it was on sale for really cheap on Amazon. 

Add it to your Goodreads account or buy it here from Amazon

Here's a synopsis of the novel: 
As the top PR person for the Belmont Health System, bright, beautiful Jenna McArthur knows how to spin bad news and make it sound good. But when her adorable Aunt Gertie—a secret romance writer—urges Jenna to embrace her wild side, Jenna tumbles into bed with Adam Thomas, a guy she’s just met, for a fun and fantastic one-night stand. Too bad Adam is the one guy who’s totally off-limits. There aren’t enough clever words in the world to spin the story in a way that won’t wreck Jenna’s closest friendship or destroy her job.
With the irresistible Adam always around her at work, wearing an aura of temptation like a fabulous cologne, Jenna has to hold tight to her senses to avoid falling for him. Will he take her to the heights of pleasure again—or will their attraction destroy everything she’s worked for?
I really enjoyed this one. It was a cute, fun read. I loved the cover. The book was actually fairly clean. It definitely is for more mature readers but is fairly tasteful.
For fans of contemporary romance, this one is a must read.
I gave it 3 stars. The strength of the novel was the humor, comedy in the book.
Danica Page 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Perfect Betrayal by Season Vining

Perfect Betrayal 
by Season Vining 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.73
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin 
Published on: August 18, 2015
Pages: 320

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

To the outside world, Taylor Hudson has it all: beauty, money and social status. But Taylor’s privileged life is far lonelier than it appears.

Levi is the inside man on a job to steal fifteen million dollars from one of the town’s wealthiest families, putting him on a crash course with Taylor. Neither of them believe in love, but lust. . . that’s undeniable.

Now they’re locked in a wicked game of seduction and it’s unclear who is playing who. But neither of them expected the affair to lead to the deepest connection they’ve ever experienced. Because beneath Taylor’s perfect exterior lies a need for love that mirrors Levi’s own. 

As the heist approaches, how can Levi protect Taylor from the truth?  

Is he willing to give up everything to save the one girl who’s made him want to be a better man?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It just looked really really good. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  And that might be why I was slightly disappointed. 

I had such high expectations and the characters didn't quite click for me. I actually disliked the characters for most of the story. Taylor was kind of a spoiled brat that I really didn't like. Her change of character didn't seem realistic for me.

The emotions felt kind of forced and so did the conclusion. It was just an average read that I didn't really enjoy as much as I wanted to. 

However, having said that the novel wasn't terrible. It was a fun, fast paced read. The plot was intriguing and that's what carried the story for me. 

The Characters: Were flat for me. I didn't feel like the changes in them were warranted. 

Major Strengths: Intriguing plot line. 

Major Weaknesses: Flat characters and forced chances in the plot. 

So why 3 stars? I'd almost give it a 2.5, but I think I found enough redeeming qualities to give it a 3. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For 17+. 

The Wrap-up: It was an intriguing plot line but the novel fell slightly flat for me. 


Danica Page

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