Review: Love’s Many Challenges by Zena Wynn

Reveiewed by Shelly

The latest installment in Zena Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ finds Nina and Roberto married. In all honesty, if Wynn continues this series – I’ll be right there reading it because I really enjoy Nina and Roberto and the family they’re building.

Nina. How do I put into words how much I enjoy her character? Written in first-person POV everything is told from our heroine’s perspective. The internal dialogue comes across as very honest with no semblance of fairy tale. Nina’s personality doesn’t lend towards histrionics either. She’s pretty consistent with her thoughts and actions. She’s been a solitude person for years. She was happily single before Roberto. That’s part of her challenge – dealing with another person, that being her husband Roberto, and taking his thoughts, words and actions into consideration. [Read more…]

Review: Crave by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first book by KM Scott and the first in the Addicted to You series. While I enjoy reading from new authors I found myself slightly disappointed based completely on my own failings. I should have done some research before tackling this novella. I knew it was part of a series; however what I didn’t know based on the blurb is that it’s primarily erotica. I’m a big fan of that category but I’m also a big fan of a good and compelling story.

Told in alternating first person point of view, Ian and Kristina are a couple of young people who have a chance meeting – not really a chance meeting at all. Ian’s a well-known, published author living in his $5 million New York apartment (I’m already seeing an issue here because I gave up the (.)illionaire stories a long time ago). He’s an admitted addict. Right now, he’s an alcoholic who’s okay with that addiction because his other addition (heroin) is much more deadly to both his person and his career. His recent stint in rehab is still fresh in his mind and he’s committed to staying off the dope. [Read more…]

Review: Forever Yours by Addison Fox

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My first by this author is actually the third book in her ‘The Brooklyn Brotherhood’ series. This has so much potential. Defense attorney Jasmine Shane has been in love with detective Cade Rossi since the two were teenagers. Jasmine’s been part of the Rossi family since her friendship with Cade’s younger sister began so she’s had plenty of access to Cade. Unfortunately for Jasmine, Cade’s never looked at her like he’s looked at all the other women he’s dated in the borough.

Circumstances put these two in a restaurant at the same time. They’re there with their respective ‘dates’. Actually the ‘dates’ are more than dates; it turns our that both Jasmine and Cade are dating other people. Semantics but it’s important. [Read more…]

Review: Worth Fighting For by Zena Wynn

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DISCLAIMER: Somewhere along the line, I’m guessing that the author gained rights back to these stories and decided to rebrand, rename (Worth Fighting For) and republish. According to Goodreads, the story that I read is called Love’s Challenges and was published back in 2010 by Red Rose Publishing. The story that I have on my kindle is called Worth Fighting For.

Picking up direct after The Apology, the second book in Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ continues with the lives of Nina and Roberto. In this installment there’s more of Roberto – where he’s from and even quite a bit more on his previous marriage and his children. Nina and Roberto are now in a relationship. Everything is moving along nicely but Nina doesn’t get too complacent because she’s been down this road before and caution is a must. [Read more…]

Review: A Game of COURAGE by Lena Hart

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I’ve read quite a few of Lena Hart’s books and I’ve had some hits and misses. I’m not sure what this one was. It’s a fast read and I might have liked it better if it was longer with more character development and a more in depth storyline. This read as if there was a story before they married. I felt like I was missing something – like how this couple fell in love.

Mason and Jules Courage have been married going on nine years. They and their two children live quite happily in the home and accoutrements that Mason’s former hockey career and newly appointed assistant coach salaries bring. Working towards a hard won National Championship for his team, Mason is finally in a place where he thinks he can accept even greater responsibilities with the team. [Read more…]

Review: The Apology by Zena Wynn

Reviewed by Shelly

There are no billionaires, alphas, or MC themes in this book. The main characters are two very ordinary people who happen to find each other in a sea of ordinary circumstances.

I’ve re-read this story quite a bit. This is Zena Wynn’s first installment in her “Nina Chronicles’. A clean, Christian themed romance about a woman who’s having a crisis of ‘what to do’. I’ve read many of Wynn’s books and most have been good, a few misses here and there, but majorly they’ve been good. I can’t remember when I started reading her work, but it’s been quite a few years and this series is one I’ve not been able to stay away from. I like the way that Wynn writes Nina’s voice. It seems like a familiar friend that I get to catch up with once I start reading. [Read more…]

Review: Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley

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This is my first from Claire Kingsley and I’m totally digging her style. Alex and Mia are a fun pair. Mia, the klutz that she is, loves her books. Romance to be specific. As a fellow reader of the genre, she’s already scored points with me. Her fumbling ways endeared her to me even more. Who doesn’t like a heroine who’s not perfectly graceful at all time? Our hero Alex just wants to write a book. One single book. It’s a sci-fi, but it’s taken him so long to write the thing – he gets lost in the research. He suffers from the too much syndrome – too much research, too much detail – he’s stuck in a vicious cycle. [Read more…]

Review: Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley

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For a story without any real ups and downs, this was a good read. My first from this author, I’m a sucker for the shy hero. Wyatt Haney is the young and handsome downstairs neighbor to Kayla Malone. They’ve been neighbors for a while and Wyatt has always noticed his upstairs neighbor. Kayla is the young widowed mother to a precious 5 year old little boy. She’s working her way through dental hygienist school and is busy raising her kid as a single parent.

Living in an old building is hard enough but living in an old building that hasn’t been brought up to code to support modern-day living is frustrating. One day Wyatt smells smoke, literally, and has to evacuate the building. As the fire started in Kayla’s apartment and Wyatt’s day job is as an electrician and his family owns a construction and handy man business – guess who wins the repair job bid? Yep, it’s Wyatt’s company. And that’s how their story begins. [Read more…]

Review: Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson

Reviewed by Shelly

This isn’t my first novel by this author and while I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read by Kelly Jamieson, this wasn’t one. I read a story some months back whose premise was the heroine was the sister of someone who the hero had previously slept with. I felt icky about that – there’s just something that isn’t okay and feels like a tawdry Lifetime movie. Tell me if I’m wrong here but isn’t there’s a bigger pool of people out there to find in a main character other than the same family pool? I read this one hoping that Jamieson would be able to take the ick factor away and everything would be la la wonderful for this couple. [Read more…]

Review: Love, Always and Forever by Alexis Morgan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by this author and I initially thought the blurb sounded like something I would enjoy. I found neither the plot nor the characters interesting once I started reading. Grammatically, it’s a sound story, I just didn’t find it interesting. For me, the best parts happened too late for a turnaround of my feelings. [Read more…]