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Thrifty Thursday: Coming Home by Kris Jett

Posted December 21, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Coming Home by Kris JettComing Home by Kris Jett
Series: Love at Starlight #1
Published by Self Published on February 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 230
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Jessie Foster has long been the person everyone could count on, the one who stayed back with her mom to run the family business while her two older sisters, whom hadn’t spoken to her in years, took off to live their lives. When her sisters suddenly drop back into her world wanting a job and a place to live, who could blame her for being angry? Sick of always doing what’s right, Jessie is ready to shake things up. Even if it’s wrong. And wrong has a name.

Enter the sexy Cade Stone, new to town and opening a snowmobile repair shop with his two equally hot brothers. Cade has an edge and a temper. He knows he’s a jerk 90% of the time and he’s generally unapologetic. Growing up in Chicago, he’d never dreamed he’d end up in the sleepy town of Snowy Ridge, population 1000. But somehow, he found himself caving to family pressure and doing “the right thing,” no matter how much he hated it.

Neither were looking, and they’re completely wrong for each other. But sometimes wrong and right blur and magic happen

 

 

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on April 11, 2017  (currently $0.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.84. with 190 ratings and 31 reviews

 

I like small town romances and I’m very familiar with Wisconsin and snowmobiles.  I hoped for the quirky characters and a sweet, possibly funny romance. It seemed like a good choice with fairly high ratings and a winter, maybe even some holiday story.

Coming Home is the first in the Love at Starlight series. There is a novella prequel but they were only briefly mentioned here. There are three daughters in the family which owns the Starlight Pub.  The youngest, Jessie, has stayed in town and helped her mother run the business, while the two older girls left town. There is a new snowmobile repair shop being opened by three brothers.  The youngest brother is Cade.

The world-building lacked in descriptive aspects of the different settings, the weather and the people of Starlight. There wasn’t much in long-time knowledge of others one sees in a small town either.

I can’t say I liked any of these characters. They were just so self-absorbed, and not very well developed. No one cared much about anyone else. I didn’t get the camaraderie even with friends, much less within the family groups.  Jessie and Cade did not have enough dialogue to build much of a relationship, much less to get to know them as people.

There was just too much drama on all fronts; it was ridiculous. Everything was a mess, with too many things happening. The motivations for their actions didn’t always make sense. I have to say this wasn’t for me, so I can’t really recommend it overall.

About Kris Jett

Kris Jett is a romance writer from Chicago who loves love! When she’s not working on her small-town contemporary romance series, she can be found at the theater with her main man, doing a mean Peacock Pose in her favorite yoga studio, or walking her adorable cavapoo, Sammy.

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Thrifty Thursday: Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Thrifty Thursday: Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Posted November 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

  The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on July 2, 2017  (currently $5.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.24 with 224 ratings and 101 reviews   I don’t always expect much of these freebies, Call to Honor is a really good one! Often the best for this feature are the first book in a series by a known to me author, which this is. Romantic suspense is a favorite genre for me, also. The characters here were what I enjoy most – strong, realistic issues and lives, and honest with themselves. I loved their growth as people during the situations and as they dealth with […]


Thrifty Thursday – Searching for Faith by Kristen Middleton

Thrifty Thursday – Searching for Faith by Kristen Middleton

Posted September 28, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

             The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on August 25, 2017  (currently $2.99 at Amazon. It is in Kindle Unlimited so only in paperback for $8.99 at Barnes & Noble as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.91 with 526 ratings and 55 reviews   This was great for me in so many ways! It has my favorite paranormal thing. I usually say magic is my favorite but really it is the mind stuff – clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition, etc.  The main character is Carissa, who is a psychic. She helps to locate missing people and sometimes knows in advance when children will be kidnapped so she can intervene. […]


Thrifty Thursday: Audio  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  #JIAM

Thrifty Thursday: Audio The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #JIAM

Posted June 8, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Tantor freebie on January 18, 2017  (currently $6.99 to $23.26 as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.29 with 181,280 ratings and 4,802 reviews   I get emails occasionally from Tantor with a free audio download. So since June is Audiobook Month, I decided it was a very appropriate Thrifty Thursday selection. This is a classic mystery tale, set in the late 1800s in England. Who doesn’t love a British accent? I am listening to many more of my books set in England for just this reason. Simon Prebble does a fine job with male and female voices differentiated. I could distinguish which character […]


Thrifty Thursday: Wicked Beautiful by J. T. Geissinger

Thrifty Thursday: Wicked Beautiful by J. T. Geissinger

Posted May 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

       The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on April 12, 2017  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.05 with 2,610 ratings and 423 reviews   I remember seeing some favorable reviews when Wicked Beautiful was released last year. So when it came up as a Kindle freebie, I snapped it up immediately. I’m so glad I did. Victoria and Parker are a couple of people who have had really tough situations in their past. They have somehow, survived and thrived, even through their heartbreak. They are strong, successful and fun. Their friends are interesting characters,too and loyal. The dialogue is sexy and snarky. The feelings here are big and […]


Thrifty Thursday: The Clue by Carolyn Wells

Thrifty Thursday: The Clue by Carolyn Wells

Posted April 13, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on April 2, 2017  (currently $0.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.53 with 184 ratings and 29 reviews   A classic mystery is a great change of pace for me. I enjoy the historical societal nuances and the writing style. The Clue was originally published in 1909. Life was certainly slower and simpler in this time period. Sadly, the roles of women were often defined by the men of their family or marriage. There are 159 pages in this book and it seemed to take forever to read. I have to wonder if the pages are longer than normal length? Anyway, […]


Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

           The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on February 25, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.98 with 2,853 ratings and 223 reviews   I had a lot of trouble with reading my Kindle freebies during the COYER challenge. A LOT. It’s not so much a problem when I am reading one a month for a Thrifty Thursday post. I can choose one with a more well-known author which is the first of a series or I got free years back. The quality of books I have access to read (which anyone can get at the library, it just takes longer) is so high I’ve gotten […]


French Roast by Ava Miles

French Roast by Ava Miles

Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

             Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short. Kindle freebie on August 12, 2015  (currently $4.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.91 with 2,066 ratings and 181 reviews   This would be a Thrifty Thursday review except Thursday was busy. I’m trying to get most of my reviews published related to the COYER challenge (Clean Out Your Electronic Reads) so here we go. I was SO excited when I got this as a Kindle freebie. I had read the first one and liked it. I remembered that Jonetta likes this series and she reviewed French Roast, just before I got it. She gave it 5 […]