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Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Posted May 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Ellen Moore is a seasoned social worker for the Department of Human Services who has had to make many tough, unpopular calls regarding the children she oversees. When she finds herself on the other side following tragic circumstances, Ellen has the opportunity to experience the impact of some of her past decisions. Meanwhile, 10-year old Jenny Briard suddenly finds herself alone in a strange city after being separated from her father. Her world collides with Ellen’s and Jenny cannot believe her fortune as a social worker is the last person she wants in her life.   The story takes a hard turn early on and I got hooked. I could feel Ellen’s pain and agony, Jenny’s fear and trepidation. It was heart wrenching […]


Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Posted May 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

              I listened to this recommendation from an Ace Roc Star friend.  It’s one of her favorites. It’s also fantasy, which isn’t always the easiest for me to assimilate, so I got the audio from the library. The tale goes from childhood to manhood of Fitz, the bastard son of the prince, who many wish to control or kill. He has special skills and works to learn more in support of the King, his grandfather. The characters, the story are widely varying and memorable. It may be long but it kept me intensely engaged. I wanted to know more, know everything and I felt deeply. Fitz, even in his situation, and at a very young age,  has a moral integrity and […]


The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Posted April 28, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

read it, track reviews are a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is my first novel by Reichert and my first time listening to C.S.E Cooney. Both firsts was met with enjoyment. Coconut Cake is a story about a chef down on her luck both in her love life and with her business. While the novel is not marketed as a romance it has one in it between the chef, Lou and Al. Think of the movie You’ve Got Mail where the couple meets, becomes friends then lovers but before they can get their HEA they have to deal with who they really are to each other. Reichert services up sweet romance and […]


A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

Posted April 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    The first two books in this series begin with the end of Joelle Gordon’s marriage to Jackie. Her sister, Jilly Henriksen, is a widow with a son and she’s just beginning a relationship with Justin Miller. I’m so delighted that this story begins at the beginning…when both were still in high school and just starting their relationships with their first loves.   In order to understand Jilly and Justin’s relationship, it was important to know about how they got there. This wasn’t just about the two of them but the community of family in Landon, Minnesota. It’s rich with stories of the women and men who shaped and influenced them, let alone the developing romances of all of them.   It’s tricky to […]


Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted April 7, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

Jennifer’s Thoughts Zanetti’s Blood Brothers series is a spin-off of her Sin Brothers series but don’t worry you can pick up Deadly Silence without reading the former series. There is some cross-over with minor characters and the background of what happened to both set of brothers but new readers won’t be lost and fans of the Sin Brothers will enjoy the connection. Deadly Silence is a sexy, action pack, romantic suspense thrill ride. Ryker and Zara have been having a casual ‘relationship’, the kind where when he’s in town she cooks him dinner and he supplies the desert. Zara has never had a no strings attached kind of affair before and she’s finding it harder and harder to keep it casual with in her heart when […]


Audio Review: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Audio Review: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Posted April 5, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    When the Columbine massacre occurred in April of 1999, I recall judging the parents. After all, there had to have been some extremely obvious signs for their sons to be able to do something like this. Or, they were so disengaged in their lives they were just plain oblivious. If nothing else was accomplished (and there definitely is more), this book has changed my outlook. I’ll never, ever again “assume” anything close to this kind of thinking or judge.   I was most interested in hearing from the parents of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris and always wondered why they maintained their silence. Sue Klebold bravely tells her story and explains why, making no excuses and proving that she used her time wisely […]


Audio Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Audio Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Posted March 14, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

  Lily Bloom was raised in an abusive household so she’s witnessed first hand what an abuser looks like. And, she never understood why her mother didn’t leave her father. Lily’s story begins on the day of her father’s funeral. She’s back in Boston, where she moved to put some distance from her hometown in Maine following her graduation from college, and has a chance meeting with Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon with an allergy to relationships. While there was a mutual attraction, both knew their goals were polar opposites and went their separate ways until a bizarre set of events reconnected them.  First, I consider this a contemporary fiction with romantic elements. It’s a compelling look at domestic abuse from a unique perspective of a […]


Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted March 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Eve and Roarke are on their way home from a fancy gala when they almost run into a young woman wandering dazed, naked and bloodied in the street. Sound familiar? It echoes of 8-year old Eve, nameless at the time in Dallas. As Eve begins her investigation, she uncovers a series of like assaults that are vicious and cruel, especially this last one that continues to remind her of what was done to her prior to liberation.   What I really liked about this story is seeing how much Eve is evolving, even in how she responds to crimes that evoke memories of her awful origins. She confronts the issues differently and more responsibly. The case is chilling and gnarly but it was […]