Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore

Drawing Fire 
(Cold Case Justice, #1)
by Janice Cantore 
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.46
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers 
Published on: June 1, 2015
Pages: 425

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

One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart.With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby's best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she's anxious to talk to him about a cold case that's personal to her--one Luke is interested in as well.As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents' lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?

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's Christian suspense. That's like my favorite genre ever. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm always leery about reading Christian romantic suspense novels because I adore them so much. That means I have high expectations, and when a book doesn't live up to those expectations, it's doubly painful. 

This one started out slow, but quickly enough it captured my attention and I was racing to finish it. 

Cantore did a great job of creating complex characters and combined that with great writing.

While this wasn't my favorite romantic suspense novel, I did really enjoy it and am looking forward to reading the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

If you're looking for an intriguing romantic suspense more on the suspense side than the romance side than this is the novel for you.

This is a series that doesn't switch main characters for the sequel. That's always risky, but I'll admit I'm intrigued to see what happens in the next one. I think in this case it's going to work out. 

Major Strengths: Strong writing and an intriguing plot. 

Major Weaknesses: Just lacked that extra kick to grant it a 4 star status. 

So why 3 stars? While I did enjoy it, I thought that it was a little bit predictable and it lacked that extra umph. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that promises to be the start of a great new series. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: One Good Thing by Lily Maxton

One Good Thing 
by Lily Maxton
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.5
Published by: August 18, 2015
Published on: Bloomsbury Spark 
Pages: 200 

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

Danielle is fresh out of college and should be ready to face the world, but she's terrified of failing, both in her life and in love. Everything feels safe, from her boring starter job to her tiny, depressing apartment-that is, until she meets Evan, the coworker who pokes all of her buttons in all of the right ways. He's cute, sweet, self-assured and has a way of seeing the brave, sarcastic woman underneath her worries. He also has a way of getting her into the most compromising positions … in the most unlikely places. 

As their work email heats up, their relationship moves from friends with benefits to more than just benefits. But, like all fledgling couples, they'll have to overcome a few obstacles on their way to their happily ever after, including evil German Shepherds, boomerang ex-boyfriends, scheming coworkers, and company parties gone awry. 

Fall head over heels for this standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance, and see how your life can change when you finally find that One Good Thing.


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 looked cute. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't go in with super high expectations. I expected the book to be a fun, cute read that was quick but didn't leave a long-lasting impression. That's what I got. 

The book was funny and did make me smile and laugh, but it wasn't super deep. 

I did, however, really like Evan's character. He was funny and I thought he was a hoot to read about. 

I thought the dynamic between them was realistic and fun. However, I read a book with pretty much the same plot mere days later, and I enjoyed that one more (Neanderthal Seeks Human).

Having said that, I'd still recommend this one. It was fun and fans of the genre should enjoy it. 

Major Strengths: Cute, fun read. 

Major Weaknesses: Predictable. 

So why 3 stars? It was an average book, but I enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For 17+ for sexual references meant for older audiences. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun read but not one that particularly stood out. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: Stupid Love by Cindy Miles

Stupid Love
(Stupid in Love,#1)
by Cindy Miles
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06 
Published by: TKA Distribution
Published on: September 10, 2015
Pages: 247

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

MEMORY 

Casualties. 

That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago. 

Or so I thought. 

Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t. 

JACE 

Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.


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? The cover looked fantastic and I've enjoyed previous things by this author. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I really adored the book. It was interesting and stood out from several other New Adult books I've read recently.

I thought Cindy did a great job of creating quirky, entertaining characters who were enjoyable to read about.

The name Memory did throw me for a loop though. Who names their kid Memory? 

The writing was fast paced, and I thought that the plot was interesting. Without giving any details away or spoiling anything, a lot of the plot reminded me of "A Walk to Remember." Now, I'm not talking about the ending--just the overall book. Girl who's sick who's only parent is a dad. Starts dating a guy. Doesn't tell him she's sick...you get the idea.

However, Memory was far from being like the girl in the book. She was a kick-butt character, a daredevil, and intense.

Major Strengths: Meaningful books and an engaging plot. 

Major Weaknesses: Dragged a bit at times. 

So why 3 stars? A fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it wasn't quite of a 4 star caliber. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, although be prepared to want to read the previous two afterwards. 

Warnings/Side-notes: New Adult. References to sex (fairly vague) and references to drinking. 

The Wrap-up: A book that I'm glad I took a chance on. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James

Find Me in Manhattan 
(Finding Series, #3)
by Shealy James 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.44
Published on: April 21, 2015 

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

She wants freedom from life on the farm. 
He wants to forget a life-changing tragedy. 
She’s a student desperate to be taken seriously. 
He’s a veteran trying to go back to ordinary. 
She falls in love easily. 
He finds it hard to feel at all.
A chance encounter. 
A mirage.
A dream.
He tries to rescues her. 
She wants to save herself. 
It takes danger to bring them together… 
…and fear to tear them apart.

Can they find love in a city known for heartbreak?


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? I liked the title. That was what drew me in. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was an enjoyable one that I'm glad I read. While it lacked that extra depth to be an excellent read, it was still a fun read.

I went in with high expectations (unusual since I hadn't heard of the author or the series before, but I did). That might also contribute to why the book didn't quite reach a 4 star rating.

However, having said that, I enjoyed the novel. It was well written. The plot was fairly fast paced, and the writing was good. I've read books that were better than this one before, but it stood out from the crowd.

An enjoyable read recommended for fans of new adult. 

So why 3 stars? Just didn't quite stand out enough to be a 4. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, I did. 

The Wrap-up: Fun, quick read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh

Lady at Arms 
(Lady, #1)
by Tamara Leigh  
Adult 
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

HE WAS THE VILEST OF MEN
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?

SHE WAS A QUESTION NEVER BEFORE ASKED OF HIM
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. 

Love,

Danica Page

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