Tag: 4 Stars

Release Day Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Release Day Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Posted January 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

    This Heartbreaker Bay series has been consistently good, if not too realistic in some aspects. Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author since I enjoy everything she writes. I looked forward to the story of Archer and Elle. Their tension had built through the last two books as a side aspect. We reviewed those two books,  Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble with Mistletoe, plus the novella,  One Snowy Night. Accidentally On Purpose is Elle and Archer focused. Two changes throw things into gear. First, Elle decides to admit to herself Archer will never want her and she begins to date. Second, their past comes roaring back into the present in the form of Elle’s sister and the situations which caused them to meet. It […]


Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

Posted January 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

            Anne’s Thoughts Ethan IS a book boyfriend, but Merit is also a girl crush. They are a couple I have shipped throughout the Chicagoland Vampire series. Phantom Kiss is a sweet treat, the author’s gift to us, bringing them back into my mind and heart before the final book, Blade Bound, is available April 25, 2017. Many favorite characters, good and bad, make an appearance. If you don’t read the series, it won’t mean as much to you, because you won’t have the depth and love for the characters. It is a short, fun read. There doesn’t seem to be much towards the overall story arc, but it is a very pleasant visit to beloved people and their places.   Jennifer’s […]


The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

Posted January 5, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

  This was fun and easily kept me reading. The Burning Page is the third in The Invisible Library series.  Each story was consistently good with interesting adventures and characters. Somehow the overall feeling was different in each. The Invisible Library  (book 1) had its world-building and introduction to characters we would know and come to love. The Masked City took us on a wild adventure beyond our Irene, Kai and Vale’s experience. That is part of their world; they travel to different times and places with varying levels of order and chaos. The Library, seems to try to hold the status quo, so the world has a balance somewhere in the middle. The Library, even with Irene working there for a time, is still […]


A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted December 27, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       I have truly enjoyed all the books in this Elemental World series. I just played catch-up, to review this one shortly after its release. The overall mystery, which started in the Elemental Mysteries series and seems to conclude here, is an intriguing and twisty one.  Elemental World series starts during the Elemental Mysteries and continues on forward. I don’t recommend reading the series out of order – I never do – but with the ongoing story throughout, it wouldn’t be the best plan. The series plot and the world-building are excellent. Lucien Thrax is one I wanted to know more since he turned up in earlier books. He’s intelligent and has so many interesting experiences in his long life. I was thrilled he […]


Early review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

Early review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

Posted December 1, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

      I very much looked forward to this second book and I enjoyed it. Many things continue from City of Light. Tiger still wants to find the missing children. This means she is working with Nuri and Jonas, as they want the same thing, but they don’t trust each other. They need each other though. It’s a difficult balance. The enemy is not fully defined and is formidable. Tiger needs to be alert for the many dangers. It has me on edge throughout Winter Halo. Tiger takes on a new lover to gain intelligence for the team. It’s why she was created so it is a comfortable role but it’s still squicky (to me). She also finally manages to get a job at the […]


Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child

Posted November 8, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       This is the 21st installment in the Jack Reacher series. I have read them all and I saw a Jack Reacher movie. I think there is a second movie now.  Tom Cruise is talented but he does not look anything like the character AT ALL. The books, the movie, all of them have action and adventure with Reacher out there saving the world. Reacher has an unusual upbringing, making him uniquely qualified to solve these problems. He was a military child and lived all over the world, learning about many places, cultures and a few languages. He joined the military himself and ended up an MP. Most of all, he is just incredibly smart. He uses logic and common sense in an […]


Audio Review: My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Audio Review: My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Posted October 19, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

     My One and Only has been available in other formats but just recently became available in audio format.  I am a new but big fan of audiobooks.  The narrator, Xe Sands. was very enjoyable. I liked the intonation and flavor she gave to the different characters.  Kristan Higgins is an author I like. This book may be part of a series but I haven’t found the rest. There is insight here into human relationships and marriage issues masquerading behind romantic comedy and quirky characters.  The main characters Harper and Nick were once married. They are smart, hard-working and compassionate people. They married at a very young age with problematic family pasts which fueled the fire for their divorce. Now they meet again at […]


Joint Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Joint Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Posted September 27, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Jennifer’s Thoughts Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance and she hit another home run in her new Heartbreaker Bay series with The Trouble With Mistletoe. As I said in my review of Sweet Little Lies, the first book in the series, I typically like the couples that follow the first in a series. Willa and Keane’s story clicked with me better than Pru and Finn’s. Willa and Keane’s story is almost a second chance kind of romance. Willa had a crush on Keane in high school but he doesn’t remember her when he steps into her pet shop early one morning looking for kitty care for the devil spawn of a cat, Petunia. (Cat lovers will love Petunia […]